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1954 Act comes under attack

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The High Court has ruled that a landlord’s development scheme, contrived for the sole purpose of defeating a tenant’s security of tenure, allows a landlord to successfully oppose a tenant’s statutory request for a new lease....

Your Questions Answered - April 2017

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A debtor owes both me and another creditor, jointly, an unpaid debt. I have discussed taking court action against this debtor with my fellow creditor but he is unwilling to go down that particular route. Am I entitled to go it alone? ...

Professional in the Hot Seat - Jonathan Rathbone

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We caught up with Jonathan Rathbone, Hughes Paddison’s new Director tasked with growing the Company and Commercial Department. Jon joins Hughes Paddison from international law firm, DAC Beachcroft, bringing with him more than 14 years’...

Turkish Delight - You Get What You Pay For

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A note recently issued by the Turkish Government has confirmed that foreigners who buy property worth at least $1million can obtain Turkish citizenship. The note confirms that citizenship will also be offered to foreigners who deposit a minimum of $3million...

Business Rates and Common Sense

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The issue that arose in the case of Newbigin (Valuation Officer) v S J & J Monk was whether a property can be deleted from a rating list whilst significant building works are being carried out. In this case, an office building in Sunderland was...

Boundary disputes - stumbling through the red mist

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Understanding what has sparked off the dispute between the parties in the first place is essential. It is very rarely the case that a party has pulled out his title deeds and decided that there is a problem with the boundary. There is usually...

It's just a boundary - get over it

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Identifying the real reason for a boundary dispute kicking off in the first place is an essential part of working out the best way to resolve it. Contrary to what one might logically believe, it is rare for a boundary dispute to start as a result of...

Proposals to ban dodgy landlords and agents

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The Government is considering new legislation to enable bans to be imposed on what are deemed to be “criminal landlords and agents” preventing them from operating in the private rented sector. The proposals have generally been welcomed....

Rights of Way: is a gate an obstruction?

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Gates and rights of way can be an unhappy mix. I often hear the cry "my neighbour has put a gate across the lane. He can't do that. I've got a right to pass along that lane. I want to get an injunction against him" . Breaking it to the...

IP in the Floodlights

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Intellectual Property is a necessary evil in business and something every new, aspiring or existing business owner should be aware of. A classic example of trademark infringement would of course be opening up a burger restaurant and unveiling a logo...

Nightmare on Elm Street

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New legislation is aimed at helping residential landlords to recover possession Consider the following scenario. You are a landlord of 21 Elm Street, a terraced property on a quiet residential street. Your tenant is...