Property litigation

8 August 2018

Property regulation - Important changes to HMO legislation

The Government has announced significant changes to the rules relating to the licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (‘HMOs’), which will take effect from 1 October 2018.

Shannett Thompson

12 July 2018

The Law Commission to look to reform Right to Manage legislation

The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, has asked the Law Commission to undertake a broad review of Right to Manage legislation and suggest reforms to improve its use in practice and increase its popularity amongst tenants.

Francesca Gibbs

21 May 2018

Tenant Fees Bill: What does it mean for tenants?

Private renting in England is at its highest rate for over thirty years. It houses 4.7 million households and is the second largest tenure after owner-occupation. Against this backdrop, the Government has come under increasing pressure to make renting a property as affordable as possible. In particular, upfront payments required of prospective tenants in the form of fees and security deposits have been viewed as a particular barrier to households seeking accommodation.

Brooke Glover

16 May 2018

Property Fraud after Dreamvar v Mishcon De Reya

The Court of Appeal has handed down its much awaited judgment in what has become known as the ‘Dreamvar’ case (Dreamvar (UK) Ltd v Mishcon de Reya and others). The  case is of interest to property and insurance professionals as well as the wider public as it concerned a fraudulent property transaction, an increasingly common occurrence.   Given its importance to all conveyancing practitioners, but specifically smaller practices,  the Law Society intervened so as to be able to make representations on behalf of the profession.

14 May 2018

Break no Mistake

The importance of obtaining legal advice when exercising a break right in a lease cannot be overstated.  Despite the flurry of case law in this area in recent years, tenants are still getting their fingers burnt and finding themselves tied into leases, with all the associated commitments, having failed to comply strictly with the requirements of the lease.  It can prove to be a very costly mistake to make for the sake of perhaps trying to save what were considered to be unnecessary legal fees.

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