During the life of a Court dispute, it is often the case that parties will be asked to grant an extension or will be seeking an extension of time to take a particular step. What should you do?
The basic position is that for claims which have been allocated to the Small Claims Track, usually with a monetary value of less than £10,000, the Court will not order a party to pay fees or expenses to the other party, subject to certain exceptions.
One of those exceptions is if the Court thinks a party has behaved unreasonably.
Landlords and Tenants should take heed of the importance of complying with the legal requirements centring around the protection of tenancy deposits.
As most Landlords will be aware, any deposit paid in connection with an Assured Short-hold Tenancy since 6th April 2007 must be registered with an authorised Tenancy Deposit Scheme. The Tenant must be provided with prescribed information within 30 days of receipt of the deposit. Landlords are required to register the deposit within 30 days of receipt.
Each year, thousands of Brits are cold called or approached in the street to be hailed as “competition” winners or presented with offers of “free holidays”. The catch being you have to attend a presentation in order to claim your “prize”.
The presentation is a high pressure sales pitch which can last several hours with many people finding it difficult to leave without signing up for a Timeshare, a decision they often later live to regret.
On 1st October 2017, a Pre-Action Protocol (PAP) for debt recovery claims will come into force.
The PAP applies to any business, including sole traders and public bodies, claiming payment of a debt from an individual, including a sole trader.
Jack Monroe, a food writer and blogger, has been awarded £24,000 in damages in a libel action brought against Katie Hopkins, Mail online columnist and former The Apprentice contestant.
In May 2015, Mrs Hopkins implied that Ms Monroe had defaced or vandalised war memorials during a series of public tweets. Ms Monroe alleged that she received death threats and abuse from others as a result of these very public tweets and that serious damage had been caused to her reputation.
The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015 were made on the 26th March 2015. They introduced a change in the law whereby from the 1st April 2018, it will be unlawful to privately let residential and commercial properties with an EPC rating of ‘F’ or ‘G’, unless one of the exemptions detailed below applies.
It is important to note that the Regulations will not apply to properties that are not required to have an EPC or where a property is let for a period of less than six months or for a term of more than 99 years.
It’s not always straightforward to establish whether your landlord is responsible for resolving issues concerning damp in a rented property. This is due to the difficulty in finding the exact cause of damp without the assistance of a professional surveyor, unless the cause is visibly obvious; such as a leaking roof.
This is the right to extend your residential flat lease by 90 years on top of the unexpired term of your existing Lease. The new Lease will be at a peppercorn rent (e.g. no ground rent is payable) and will generally be on the same terms as the existing lease.
To qualify for this right, you must have been the registered owner of the flat at the Land Registry for at least two years and the original term of your lease must be in excess of 21 years.
There are a number of exclusions that will prevent you from exercising this right such as your Landlord being a charitable housing trust. You should therefore contact us to assess your own individual eligibility.
It is commonplace for a legal professional to request proof of identification from their client at the beginning of any legal transaction. For a conveyancer, verifying their client’s identity is a particularly heavy burden to bear. Not only does a conveyancer owe a duty of care to their client, but also to their client’s lender…
As a Landlord of either a Commercial or Residential Property, from 1st April 2018, any properties rented in the private sector must have a minimum energy performance rating of E or above on their Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) under the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards Regime (MEES).
This month, the Supreme Court has reaffirmed its position on contractual penalty clauses. Looking at what can and can’t be described as an unenforceable penalty, this is the first time in 100 years that the Court has reconsidered the principles underlying such clauses.
It has long been accepted that the statutory demand procedure – a preliminary step towards bringing a petition in bankruptcy – is a simple and effective way of recovering debt.
However, what constitutes a debt in the context of insolvency, is not always as straightforward as you might think; particularly in relation to debts contained in recital provisions in consent orders made during divorce proceedings.
As of 16 November 2015, the costs of presenting a bankruptcy or winding-up petition will increase in most cases. This increase will apply to petitions made on or after this date. Whilst the increases are relatively small for both the deposit and Official Receiver’s fees (administration fees payable to affect the bankruptcy order or winding-up order), when considered alongside changes to statutory demands for individual debtors, the rises will make it more difficult for creditors seeking to recover money owed to them, especially from individual creditors.
A ‘buy to let’ property can be a sound investment producing a profitable return. However, when a tenant can no longer afford to pay the rent and refuses to vacate the property, matters can go horribly wrong.
At that point, it is too late to put protective measures in place. As a landlord, the protected deposit brings little solace in circumstances where you are not covered against the tenant having the benefit of legal aid to embroil you in protracted and costly litigation.
With the benefit of public funding, a tenant wishing to stay at a property may defend an eviction claim on technical grounds. What’s more, they could also issue a counterclaim for compensation for disrepair, all while continuing to default on rent payments.
Landlords in England and Wales who lease out their properties under assured shorthold tenancy agreements have until June 23rd to place their tenant(s)’ deposit(s) in a government backed scheme or face hefty fines.
Despite this legislation coming into effect as far back as 6th April 2007, it is estimated that approximately a third of the 1.5 million private landlords in England and Wales are still retaining tenants’ deposits at the risk of both diluting their legal rights in the event of a dispute with tenants and of being heavily fined for non-compliance.
Including break clauses in commercial property leases allows both tenants and landlords the flexibility to terminate a lease before the agreed fixed term has expired and both parties can turn break clauses into an advantage.
The economic downturn has resulted in an increased number of landlords agreeing to break clauses in a bid to make their properties more attractive to businesses. While this allows some flexibility for both parties, these can prove to be the danger that knocks however.
Local business owners will be faced with hefty new court fees for bringing money claims to court from April making England and Wales one of the most expensive jurisdictions in the world advise commercial litigation specialists at Linder Myers Solicitors.
Linder Myers has boosted its team in Lancashire with the appointment of two new solicitors in its trusts & estates and commercial litigation departments.
Laura Hallett Lea joins as a commercial litigation solicitor from Marsden Rawsthorn. Laura specialises in all aspects of property litigation including commercial landlord and tenant disputes, commercial property disputes, residential tenant evictions and agricultural disputes. Mrs Lea is also a solicitor advocate.
The landmark decision by the Court of Appeal on the 4th July was met by a sigh of relief by many in the legal profession with the courts clarifying a new pragmatic approach to how the judiciary will deal with applications for relief from sanctions in the future.
The judgment, which was applied to three test cases, deemed the Mitchell guidance a ‘misunderstanding’ with greater clarity handed down providing a platform for a new culture to be borne within the litigation world.