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Key considerations for tenants following the coronavirus pandemic

Posted on 17th June 2022 in Property Litigation, Dispute Resolution, Coronavirus Pandemic

The pandemic has resulted in significant change to the workplace and many businesses are now considering what model works best for their future whether that is a full time return, working from home or a hybrid approach. We set out the key things to consider below.

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David Paull

Senior Associate & Solicitor

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Commercial rent arrears and protected rent dept in the post-covid era

Posted on 01st June 2022 in Property Litigation, Dispute Resolution, Coronavirus Pandemic

The pandemic has previously prevented commercial landlords from forfeiting a lease by peaceable re-entry due to rent arears as a result of the Coronavirus Act 2020 (“the Coronavirus Act”). However that situation has now changed due to the Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Act 2022 (“the Act”).

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David Paull

Senior Associate & Solicitor

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How can you recover your property from a commercial tenant?

Posted on 12th April 2022 in Property Litigation, Dispute Resolution, Coronavirus Pandemic

The Coronavirus pandemic significantly affected many business sectors and landlords may now wish to reassess their options in seeking to re-let their properties.

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David Paull

Senior Associate & Solicitor

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Changes to section 8 notice for evictions

Posted on 12th May 2021 in Property Litigation, Affordable Housing

A new Form 3 (the section 8 notice) came into force on 4 May 2021. There is no new information to be inserted on the form but you should be alert to the following:

Posted by

Leah Joyner

Senior Paralegal

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What are debt moratoriums

Posted on 12th May 2021 in Property Litigation, Affordable Housing

The 2020 Regulations will apply to most debts accrued before or after 4 May 2021 which include arrears of rent, whether that be due to benefits being used for something other than housing, there is an issue with a tenant’s benefits claim or a temporary reduction in income caused by Covid-19.

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Leah Joyner

Senior Paralegal

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New mandatory electrical safety checks for private rented property

Posted on 20th April 2021 in Property Litigation

Since 1 April 2021, it has become mandatory for an electrician to inspect all electrical installations in privately rented properties and produce an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) at least every five years.

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Jill Headford

Partner and Solicitor

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Commercial Rent Arrears – the upcoming waiver deadline

Posted on 20th April 2021 in Property Litigation

For most commercial landlords, it has been over a year since they have been able to use their potent remedies of forfeiture and insolvency proceedings against tenants in rent arrears.

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Jill Headford

Partner and Solicitor

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Extension of Forfeiture Restrictions is good news for Commercial Tenants – Landlords not so much

Posted on 19th March 2021 in Property Litigation

Extension of Forfeiture Restrictions is good news for commercial tenants, but not so much for landlords. In response to the UK Government’s road map out of the pandemic, restrictions on commercial lease forfeiture for rent arrears imposed by the Coronavirus Act 2020 are set to be extended until 30 June 2021.

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Jill Headford

Partner and Solicitor

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Tenancy Deposit protection breach – Case law update

Posted on 21st June 2019 in Property Litigation

Anyone familiar with residential tenancies will know of the onerous duties placed on landlords to protect deposits taken from tenants. Once the initial window for compliance has passed, you cannot serve a valid Section 21 Notice and are automatically liable for a claim for a minimum of one and maximum of three times the value of the deposit. This is the case even if breach is only a failure to provide prescribed information about the protection scheme.

Posted by

Stephen Jennings

Partner and Solicitor

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Top Tips for Landlords: Complying with the new Energy efficiency legislation (EPC tests)

Posted on 05th March 2019 in Property Litigation

As if landlords didn’t have enough paperwork to worry about, as of the 1st April 2018, things got even more complicated. The minimum ratings for Energy Performance Certificates (which have been mandatory for some time) got a lot tougher, and now any rental property must achieve at least an ‘E’ rating for it to be rented out. Whereas before this only applied to new tenancies, now, it covers existing rental agreements too.

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Simon Sanger-Anderson

Consultant Solicitor

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Joint Tenants – What to do if Only One Tenant Wants to Leave?

Posted on 06th November 2018 in Property Litigation

A common issue facing landlords is one tenant in a joint tenancy wanting to leave whilst the other wants to stay. A landlord facing this situation needs to know the rights and obligations of both tenants.

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Right of Way: Who Can Access Your Property?

Posted on 13th June 2018 in Property Litigation

Easements and rights of way – Get off my land! Who can access your property if you have a footpath or right of way running through it. If you have an easement running through your property, you may be wondering who has access to your land.

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Jill Headford

Partner and Solicitor