Monthly Archives: August 2011

Pressure mounts on the private rented sector

The news over the bank holiday weekend was full of stories aabout the lack of new house building activity causing upward pressure on house prices and that this was also feeding into upward pressure on rents.  It seems like a perfect … Continue reading

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Sometimes the landlord has to do the work itself!

Professional fees are frequently a bone of contention for tenants who perceive that landlords are to quick to instruct professionals and that those professionals treat their service charge funds as a pot of gold.  Once such case that was recently … Continue reading

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Don’t forget the prescribed information

The last 12 months have seen a plethora of cases coming before the higher courts concerning the tenancy deposit legislation in sections 212, 213 and 214 of the Housing Act 2004.  I have blogged about most of them! When we … Continue reading

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Service charge deficits/surplus’ must be calculated within a reasonable time

My most recent blog looked at what is often called the “18 month rule” which disallows landlords from recovering service charge expenditure where it is demanded more than months after the expenditure was incurred.  Most long residential leases require that … Continue reading

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The 18 Month Rule – Getting it right

Section 20B of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 is part of the statutory regime for the control of residential service charges.  In short it obliges a landlord to make its service charge demands within 18 months of the expenditure … Continue reading

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Leaseholdlawyer joins Twitter

I have taken the plunge and signed up to the social media phenomenon Twitter.  You can now find me @Alexander_CJ.  Please feel free to follow me there for more insightful legal analysis.  My most recent tweets can be found in the box on … Continue reading

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Shapps announces plan to deal with anti-social tenants (again)

It is being reported across a wide variety of news portals today that Housing Minister Grant Shapps is to intoduce plans to deal with anti social tenants.  Hold on, haven’t we heard this before? I think we did, in January (https://leaseholdlawyer.wordpress.com/2011/01/11/anti-social-tenants/)! … Continue reading

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