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The Leaseholder’s Priority – Understanding Your Lease

Posted on January 30, 2018

The security of shelter is a basic human requirement and is even more important if we have a family or other dependants. As a reflection of this importance, the biggest financial outlay for most of us is the payment of a mortgage or rent. According to the Government's White Paper Fixing our broken housing market, 'more than 2.2 million working…

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Internal Structural Alterations To Your Leasehold Property

Posted on January 30, 2018

Over the past few years, stories about unfair leasehold practices have been cropping up with greater frequency. As reported by The Estates Gazette in September 2017, the Government recently performed a review of leasehold practice. A seemingly secondary finding of this consultation was that many leaseholders are not aware of the conditions of their lease, having purchased leasehold properties without…

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Landlords Be Warned: ‘How to Rent’ Checklist Updated

Posted on January 23, 2018

Since 1st October 2015, if landlords grant a new tenancy or a replacement tenancy, they need to comply with the necessary requirements before a valid section 21 notice can be served. One of these requirements requires the landlord to provide the tenant with an up to date version of the government publication - How to rent: A checklist for renting…

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Airbnb – Leaseholders Beware!

Posted on October 31, 2017

The overwhelming popularity of Airbnb is now resulting in a review of the case law relating to short term lets. Property litigation lawyer at Osbornes, Shilpa Mathuradas, examines the case of Nemcova v Fairfield Rents Ltd [2016]. In this case The Upper Tribunal considered whether a covenant in a residential lease prohibiting use other than private residence had been breached. In…

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