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Section 21 Notices and Gas Safety: better late than never

Leah Vincent
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Ensuring that all the boxes are ticked before serving a valid section 21 Notice has been something of a nightmare for landlords in recent years. Gas Safety Certificates, Energy Performance Certificates, How to Rent Checklists, and Prescribed Information....

Rights of way: what is interference?

Andrew Turner
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A right of way is, in its simplest form, a right to pass across somebody else’s property. There might be conditions attached. For example, only pedestrian access may be allowed. Or the access might be limited to certain purposes only, such as for the...

No Fault Divorce Supported by MPs

Louise Rhys-Thomas
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On 17 th June 2020 the House of Commons overwhelmingly supported the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill at its final stages in Parliament. After receiving Royal Assent, the new law will mean that spouses will be able to apply for a divorce, on the...

Remote Hearings in the Family Court

Jennifer Allen
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It is somewhat of an understatement to say that Covid-19 and the lockdown imposed by the Government on 24 th March 2020 has impacted all aspects of our lives over the last few months. Separated parents and their families have been one of the groups most...

The pitfalls of rent-free periods and lease variations

Paul Engelbrecht
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We have advised several landlord and tenant clients over the past few weeks relating to the options available if tenants are unable to pay rents on time, proposing solutions for both parties. Tenants are rushing to landlords seeking a temporary rental...

Pursuing arrears: watch out for the 6 month time limit!

Leah Vincent
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The June quarter day is fast approaching and, with tenants struggling, protecting a rental income is becoming an increasingly challenging task for landlords. It is therefore essential that landlords do not miss the opportunity to pursue a claim against...

Commercial Property Department has a record year

Paul Engelbrecht
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The Commercial Property Department at Hughes Paddison has achieved new heights over the previous 12 months in terms of deal value, new client wins, and service levels. Paul Engelbrecht (Head of Department) commented that “Our Team has worked extremely...

Coronavirus: the effect on the Commercial Property Sector

Paul Engelbrecht
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The Covid-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the commercial property sector and there is now close scrutiny as to how the market will cope.  Paul Engelbrecht at Hughes Paddison Solicitors has given his predictions for what life after lockdown in...

Landlords and tenants: new measures limiting enforcement

Andrew Turner
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Legislation has already been introduced preventing landlords from forfeiting leases due to non-payment of rent. This is now to be followed by measures that will “temporarily void” statutory demands and winding up petitions that are issued...

Public footpaths - taking the law into your own hands

Andrew Turner
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The relationship between private land owners and members of the public exercising rights to traipse over private land is not always a relationship characterised by blissful harmony. It is a relationship that has been tested further by COVID-19. Tensions have...

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