The Supreme Court – FS Cairo (Nile Plaza) LLC v Lady Christine Brownlie
The statutory instrument formally enacting section 144 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 has now been made. From 1 September 2012 it will be a criminal offence to squat in a residential building. Anyone living in a residential building at that date, even if they entered before 1 September 2012, will be committing a criminal offence if they originally went in without permission. Overnight, therefore, a new category of criminals will be created.
Section 47 of the Landlord & Tenant Act 1987 requires a landlord to give his name and address in any written demand to his residential tenants. This requirement covers the payment of all sums due from the tenant such as rent, service charge and insurance.
The Licensing, Hospitality and Leisure industry has been one of the worst affected sectors during the recession. Whilst it has been predicted that only the wholesale and retail and the construction sectors are ahead of hotels and restaurants in being likely to be facing insolvency in 2011.
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