Monthly Archives: March 2011

Ken Clarke treads his Hush Puppies all over litigation costs

Yu may have ready this morning about the proposals announced today by Justice Secretary, Ken Clarke (http://www.justice.gov.uk/consultations/solving-disputes-county-court.htm).  I blogged earlier this year about the prospect of mandatory mediation being on the horizon and it appears several steps closer today.  I … Continue reading

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Date for your diary

The Leasehold Advisory Service annual conference takes place this year on 12 May 2011 at the Park Plaza Riverbank (https://www.eventsforce.net/expotel/frontend/reg/thome.csp?pageID=72454&eventID=262&eventID=262). Unfortunately, I won’t be attending this year because of a prior engagement but they are sure to be discussing Daejan … Continue reading

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Freehold insurance rip off!

The Independent on Sunday recently reported on systematic overcharging of long leasehold tenants by their landlords (http://www.independent.co.uk/money/spend-save/agents-using-brokers-to-overcharge-leaseholders-2247042.html).  Insurance commission remains a valuable benefit to portfolio landlords.  They are able to go to market with a number of premises and reach a … Continue reading

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Tenants don’t have to enfranchise the smallest possible qualifying unit

I haven’t written a blog on an enfranchisement for a few weeks and that means that I have not yet commented upon the recent Court of Appeal decision in Craftrule Ltd v 41-60 Albert Palace Mansions (Freehold) Ltd [2011] EWCA Civ … Continue reading

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Unexpected budget boost for private landlords

Many of you will be pouring over George Osbourne’s budget speech today and working out how the proposals affect you.  Residential landlord’s have received an unexpected boost after lobbying from the National Landlords Association (http://www.landlords.org.uk) appears to have paid off.  A … Continue reading

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Business as usual for Peverel, Pembertons, Solitaire etc

After yesterdays announcement that the UK’s largest residential property management firm had gone into administration, the appointed administrator Zolfo Cooper has been making reassuring noises to tenants of buildings managed by Peverel and its associated entities, that it is business … Continue reading

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