2019 Case Law Updates

2019 The year of the leaseholder?

I have been tasked with considering 2019 predictions for the leasehold industry. In last month’s legal review, I talked about... more »

To Airbnb or not to Airbnb, that is the question

Bermondsey Exchange Freeholders Ltd v Ninos Koumetto (as Trustee in bankruptcy of Kevin Conway) It is clear that Airbnb letting (or... more »

VAT, on-site staff and Service Charges

HMRC has issued new guidance surrounding VAT for site-based staff on leasehold developments. From 1st November  2018, HMRC has... more »

Tenants Associations – increased rights

The Tenants' Associations (Provisions Relating to Recognition and Provision of Information) (England) Regulations 2018 have just been... more »

Clarity surrounding Qualifying Long Term Agreements (QLTA)

Corvan (Properties) Limited v Abdel-Mahmoud In the Court of Appeal earlier this year it was decided that the management agreement... more »

Pets in leasehold property - the case of Vinnie the Terrier Cross

Victory Place Management Company Limited v Kuehn It is surprising the number of pet cases that we get asked to advise on. For leasehold... more »

Lease extension calculation, is it fit for purpose

Mundy v Trustees of the Sloane Stanley Estate The calculation of lease extensions is a hot potato within the Property Management Industry.... more »

A case about stepping in

Wild Duck Limited v Smith This case was a dispute involving outstanding works at a holiday home site in the Cotswolds called "Waters... more »

Unfair leasehold practice –consultation within the industry

There has been much commentary on this consultation– particularly between investors and developers. The government announced... more »

Reasonableness of advance Service Charge payment

Avon Ground Rents Ltd v Cowley The Upper Tribunal considered whether it was reasonable for tenants to pay in advance for remedial... more »

Regulation of Property Agents

Following consultation, The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG)  has announced the formation of the... more »

Changes to Major Works program, is further consultation needed

Reedbase Ltd and another v Fattal This case provided handy guidance for all parties involved in Major Works, as small variances do... more »

Grenfell style cladding costs

The legal repercussions have started in the wake of the horrendous tragedy. In particular, concerning all other buildings within the... more »

The future of leasehold home ownership

2018 has seen an influx of articles offering differing opinion on various aspects of the leasehold industry. The Law Commission has... more »