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The Importance of Declarations of Trust

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The Importance of Declarations of Trust

News article published on: 5th November 2018

The recent decision in the case of Culliford v Thorpe [2018] EWHC 426 (Ch) serves as a reminder to cohabiting unmarried couples of the importance of agreeing a declaration of trust where their interests in a property are shared. In this case a co-habiting couple, Mr C and Mr T agreed that a property which […]

Court of Appeal Clarifies the Definition of ‘Landlord’ in Victory for Osbornes Law

News article published on: 5th November 2018

It is now not uncommon for home owners to enter into company let agreements with property companies who are authorised under the company let agreement to let to sub-tenants under assured shorthold tenancies. These agreements guarantee the owner a fixed rent each month and avoid many of the responsibilities of being a landlord. Such agreements […]

Osbornes win 5 day trial in property dispute at the County Court at Central London

News article published on: 22nd October 2018

In 1985 clients of Osbornes, Mr and Mrs Ali-Khan, purchased a house. For various reasons they were not able to obtain a big enough mortgage to purchase the property they wanted just on their salaries. They decided to approach Mrs Ali-Khan’s sister to be a party to the mortgage. She agreed and this enabled them […]

Legal Aid Agency Agree to Backdate Legal Aid Certificates

News article published on: 10th October 2018

Following a judicial review the Government has agreed to amend the Civil Legal Aid (Procedure) regulations 2012 to allow for legal aid certificates to be backdated to the date of application. The situation prior to this decision meant that people who required urgent legal assistance were unlawfully being denied access to justice as  lawyers were […]

Cheaper Lease Extensions …Maybe?

News article published on: 10th October 2018

On the 20th September 2018 the Law Commission published the hotly anticipated consultation paper on the proposed reforms to Leasehold home ownership. The paper runs to sum 546 pages however a useful summary has also been prepared that can be accessed here at a much more manageable 26!: https://s3-eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/lawcom-prod-storage-11jsxou24uy7q/uploads/2018/07/Consultation-Paper-Summary.pdf There has been considerable press interest […]

The Frustrating Implications of Brexit!

News article published on: 24th September 2018

Landlords up and down the country are awaiting the outcome of the case between European Medicines Agency (“EMA”) and Canary Wharf Group as to whether Brexit frustrates the EMA’ s 25 year lease. If the court find in the EMA’s favour, it could have huge implications for the economy. A contract may be discharged on […]

Licensing for Houses in Multiple Occupation to be Extended

News article published on: 24th September 2018

In an attempt to raise standards for all relevant Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs), changes are afoot and come into force on the 1st October 2018 when the mandatory licensing scheme will be extended. Currently, local authorities have a duty to licence all HMOs that are of three or more storeys and occupied by five […]

How to deal with a Closure Order and Possession Proceedings

News article published on: 24th September 2018

Over the last three years since the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 came into force Local Authorities and other social landlords have relied more and more on mandatory grounds for possession on the basis of “serious anti-social behaviour”. Landlords using these grounds for possession can rely on the making of a Closure Order, […]

Licenses to Alter – A Surveyor’s Perspective by Matthew Price of Peter Barry Surveyors

News article published on: 10th September 2018

Being a leaseholder in a building or block of flats comes with many stipulations, obligations & restrictions, most of which have a minimal day to day impact. One very important aspect of the lessee/lessor relationship is the requirement of the lessee to obtain consent from the freeholder when looking to undertake alterations. Naturally these can […]

Housing Benefits Case Featured in Latest Issue of Legal Action

News article published on: 23rd July 2018

A case where the housing law department at Osbornes Law where successful in overturning a housing benefits decision has been featured in the latest issue of Legal Action Update. The case of R (Halvai) v Hammersmith and Fulham LBC involved a discretion housing payment. Our client suffered from severe autism, meaning that she needed to […]

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