E:gen - July 2014

Residential Service Charges – Landlords beware, there are stings in this tale...

Landlords need to be alert to careful and precise wording of service charge provisions and a clear understanding of the statutory requirements for residential service charges. This approach will help to avoid potentially expensive disputes, a possible inability to recover costs and a risk of statutory penalties.

Relaxation of short term rent laws in London and PRS

In recent years a number of developers and private landlords have become unstuck by a little known legal provision set out in section 25 of the Greater London Council (General Powers) Act 1973 (the 1973 Act) that applies to residential dwellings (in use class C3) in London only.

The New Capital Allowances Rules for Property Transactions

The biggest changes to the capital allowances (CA) rules since July 1996 have been introduced for buyers and sellers of commercial property. This article takes a look at the new rules and how they affect those involved in commercial property transactions.

Housing Zones: Can They Fast Track Housing Schemes?

In his Mansion House speech on 12th June 2014 the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced that the Government would be “removing all obstacles that remain to development on brownfield sites” and that the Government would be “putting local development orders on over 90% of brownfield sites that are suitable for housing”

Time to Mediate before it’s too late?

The recent decision in Garritt-Critchley and others v Ronnan and another (“Garritt-Critchley”) reminds us that if a party to a dispute refuses to engage in a form of alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”) such as mediation, then a punitive costs order might be made against it.