Japanese knotweed seems to be everywhere nowadays. Or maybe that’s just how it feels for me since our buyer’s survey revealed Japanese knotweed in the garden. Whilst my use of our garden is largely limited to soaking up the sun, even I knew we were in trouble when I saw the dreaded words “Japanese knotweed” as it can affect property value and makes mortgage lenders nervous.
The Court of Appeal last week handed down its ruling in the case of Dreamvar v Mishcon de Reya. The impact for the industry and profession is potentially huge – will it lead to a complete overhaul of the way property lawyers deal with purchase money?
The recent judgment of Redbourn Group Ltd v Fairgate Developments Ltd  EWHC 658 highlights the importance, for a developer appointing a consultant to carry out services on a construction project, of ensuring the appointment terms are clear on: (a) circumstances entitling the developer to terminate the Consultant’s employment and (b) any amounts payable by the developer to the consultant on such termination.
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.