Landlords – Caution there is a tripping hazard!


Property ownership today is increasingly complex with multiple layers. It is quite common for there to at least be a ; freeholder, long leaseholder and a tenant (usually letting on an assured shorthold tenancy basis or periodic tenancy). Quite often there is a shroud of uncertainty over who has responsibility for repairing a defect on READ MORE

Property lawyer’s thoughts on Brexit


The result all real estate solicitors feared came to pass last week. Now what? This is my view on the various sectors Residential domestic property I think we are in for a period of sustained inactivity here. Sellers won’t sell because prices will notionally drop. Buyer’s won’t buy for fear of taking on additional commitments READ MORE

Lessons in serving legal notices for commercial property


Technicalities and details matter generally in life but especially when it comes to legal matters. A recent case demonstrates the risks associated with timing and technicalities when it comes to commercial property – you can read the full reported case here. Our summary of the case is :- Dispute over validity of property lease break READ MORE

Ransom strips


The inspiration for this short post was a recent discussion with a colleague. The colleague no longer practices property law but did so some years ago. He had rarely come across a ransom strip situation whereas I have quite commonly. A ransom strip is a small piece of land, generally strategically retained when a larger READ MORE

Title deeds – how important are they?


You’re about to sell your property and can’t find that file of papers sent to you by the conveyancing lawyer when you bought – a swell of panic slowly rises and you start thinking you have a big problem. Well, in most cases, YOU CAN RELAX. Title deeds not generally important for legal ownership due READ MORE

Evicting a residential short lease tenant


Evicting a residential short lease tenant When a tenant reaches the end of their contractual term or when they fail to pay rent a landlord may wish them to leave the property. However, the process of eviction may not be as easy as it first seems. A problem arises in the fact that the tenants READ MORE

Section 21 notice to evict tenant


Evicting a residential tenant Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988 permits landlords to recover possession of their property after ending a lease agreement with their tenants. The landlord can serve a section 21 notice on a tenant without giving any reasons for terminating their tenancy. Section 21 applies to terminating Assured Shorthold Tenancies (AST). READ MORE

Shop leases – what’s on the legal shopping list?


Solicitors for a shop lease We regularly advise on leases for shop premises. This may include advising landlord or tenant, drafting of the commercial shop lease, advising on it, or legal advice on selling/transferring the shop lease or sub-letting. In addition, we advise on termination of shop premises leases or disputes between landlords and tenants. READ MORE

Section 21 Notice Changes Pursuant To The Deregulation Act 2015


As of 1 October 2015, the provisions regarding Section 21 Notices pursuant to the Deregulation Act 2015 come into force. Please note that these provisions will only apply to new assured shorthold tenancies starting on or after 1 October 2015. This will then be extended to apply to all assured shorthold tenancies in existence as READ MORE

The 5 strangest places I have exchanged contracts


Just before the Christmas break, as I was running around trying to do ten different deals before the arbitrary December 24th deadline everyone had set, I ended up in a rather strange place exchanging contracts, not for the first time. It inspired me to list the 5 strangest places I have exchanged contracts. Most property READ MORE