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Moratoriums – where are we now ?

There are currently a number of legal moratoriums in existence in England and Wales which were introduced by the Government by way of the Coronavirus Act 2020, the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 and ancillary regulations in order to provide some level of protection to the public and the economy from the worst effects…

COVID-19: Frustration of Contracts

The impact of COVID-19/Coronavirus has shaken society all across the world, both personally and professionally.  For businesses, many may have engaged in contracts prior to the pandemic that has not been completed or fulfilled, or have been delayed or hindered due to the lockdown that followed the outbreak.  In these uncertain times would it be fair…

Ban on tenant evictions extended by two months

The coronavirus pandemic prompted the Government to pass emergency legislation to protect tenants from being evicted due to missed rent payments in England and Wales. Introduced in March 2020, the ban aimed to protect tenants during the pandemic, where job losses and reduced wages were anticipated to affect rent payments. Initially introduced for three months,…

Positive news for landlords experiencing trespassers during the Coronavirus pandemic

The Ministry of Justice has revised the Civil Procedure Rules concerning possession proceedings against trespassers during the pandemic. The Ministry of Justice has revised the Civil Procedure Rules concerning possession proceedings against trespassers during the pandemic. This change is effective from 18th April 2020 and clarifies that the stay of 90 days imposed from 27th…

Evicting tenants: a potential minefield for landlords

For many landlords, there is a common misconception that any tenant can be evicted from your property when they have done something wrong. Whether they have failed to pay rent or not complied with a term within their tenancy agreement, it seems obvious that as a landlord you should be able to simply remove the…

Fire Safety after Grenfell

In the aftermath of Grenfell there has been growing pressure from Local Authorities and enforcement measures taken by Fire Authorities on owners of large builds to ensure fire hazards attributable to inappropriate external cladding are addressed.

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Exit your Diamond Resorts (Europe) timeshare and avoid 2020 maintenance fees

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.

Can you recover costs in a small claims dispute?

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.

Residential tenancy deposits – are you protected?

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.

Timeshares – not all ‘fun in the sun’

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.

‘Rentagob’ Katie Hopkins successfully sued for defamation

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.