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Section 21 Notices and Gas Safety: better late than never

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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....

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

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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...

COVID-19 and force majeure

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As the impact of COVID-19 is rising daily, attention is turning to force majeure clauses. Can these clauses be relied upon to excuse parties from performing their contractual obligations? What are force majeure clauses? Force majeure clauses are...

Guarantees and indemnities - what's the difference?

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What is a Guarantee? A guarantee is a contractual promise to ensure that a third party fulfils its obligations. A guarantee is a secondary obligation because it only becomes enforceable if there is a breach of obligation by that third party. ...

The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018

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What is the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018? The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 ( the Act) considerably changes a landlord’s obligations to its tenants and so it is important for landlords to understand these changes....

Injunctions: a reassuring remedy?

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There are several options available to a landlord whose tenant is in breach of the lease, with remedies including forfeiture and damages to protect the landlord and/or to ensure the landlord is compensated for any loss. In what circumstances might a breach...

The Risk of Radon

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When purchasing a property, an enquiry a Solicitor will make is whether the property is in a Radon Affected Area. There are Radon hotspots all over the UK with more than 1% of properties in any given area affected by Radon. Radon is a naturally occurring...

How can making a Will help to protect my children?

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If you have children, we understand that life is busy and making a Will might not be on your mind. But once you fully understand what a Will can do to protect your children, making a Will should move to the top of your to-do-list. It is common for parents...

The Forfeiture Rule and Assisted Dying

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A High Court Judge has ruled in the recent case of Ninian v Findlay that Sarah Ninian, who accompanied her husband Alex Ninian to Dignitas for his assisted death, can claim his £1.8 million estate. Alex had been diagnosed with progressive...

Probate Registry Fees

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The government has brought back its 2017 plan for a significant increase in probate application fees for estates in England and Wales. It is understood that the current plan to introduce the new probate registry fees will be in April 2019. The proposed new...