RESIDENTIAL SERVICE CHARGES

 There have been recent cases which emphasise the importance of ensuring that the terms of the lease are properly considered in relation to service charge collection and that statutory requirements are met.  The Upper Tribunal has also made interesting observations on apportionment of service charges within a lease 1.         A clause provided for management to

AFFORDABLE HOME OWNERSHIP

In these difficult economic times, it remains the ambition of most people to own their own home.  Housing Associations have worked with governments for many years now to provide schemes to assist first time buyers to get onto the Property Ladder.  These schemes have taken various forms over time but the aim remains the same

WHAT IS A LEASE?

Under English Law, almost all flats are sold on a Leasehold basis and houses, in most cases, will be Freehold. The legal side of buying a property can be confusing and full of jargon. This even applies to the most important document which sets out all the terms of your ownership of your new flat

Tenant Deposit Scheme – the saga continues

The Tenant Deposit Scheme is to be re-visited by the Government within changes proposed by the Localism Bill.   The Tenant Deposit Scheme has a very unhappy history.   Designed with a simple ambition of protecting tenants’ monies with an arbitration service to resolve disputes, all parties have found the Housing Act 2004 legislation unsatisfactory. Landlords face

Residential Service Charges

There have been recent cases which emphasise the importance of ensuring that the terms of the lease are properly considered in relation to service charge collection and that statutory requirements are met.  The Upper Tribunal has also made interesting observations on apportionment of service charges within a lease. 1.         A clause provided for management to

Macmillan Coffee Morning

“Let Them Eat Cake” On Friday 30th September 2011, Prince Evans Solicitors LLP took part in Macmillan Cancer Support’s “World’s Biggest Coffee Morning” fundraising event. There can be no doubt that the staff were very generous in raising money for this great cause. Our fundraising week began on the previous Monday with an auction for

Construction Contract Changes

The Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009 (“the New Construction Act”) comes into force on 1 October 2011 and JCT this week has released its new Design and Build Contract 2011 and Guide in anticipation of the New Construction Act Significant changes have been made to both adjudication and the payment provisions implemented

“I Predict A Riot”

The popular indie rock band Kaiser Chiefs may have predicted such events occurring in the UK as far back as 2004 with the title of this song, but I’m sure this was far from the minds of residents and commercial tenants across the country until the events of last week. The Metropolitan Police have called