Blog Author

Services
People
News and Events
Other
Blogs
Victoria Raven
 

Shop or drop

  • Posted

The Upper Tribunal has ruled that a landlord’s failure to shop around and obtain a competitive insurance quote meant that the premium was not “reasonably incurred” and therefore not payable by the tenants. In the case of Cos Services Ltd v Nicholson & Willans, a landlord was responsible for the insurance of a block of flats. The tenants were obliged to contribute to the insurance premium via the service charge.

Boundary disputes - nipping them in the bud

  • Posted

Boundary disputes between neighbours are a perennial problem. They always have been and they probably always will be. They rarely end well. They cause a great deal of animosity and tension. And disputes can arise in relation to the smallest patch of land...

Defective Premises - landlords treading a very fine line

  • Posted

For the second time in twelve months, the court has excused a landlord from potential liability under the Defective Premises Act 1972. The Defective Premises Act imposes a duty on a landlord to ensure that a property is maintained and repaired in such a way...

The Court cracks the whip

  • Posted

A recent case has provided a stark warning to potential defendants that they should pay close attention to court documents and act promptly ( Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Trust v Shaikh). In this case, the claimant served a claim on the defendant,...

Service charges - a chilling reminder for landlords

  • Posted

Service charges are one of the principal areas of dispute between leaseholders and their landlords. A recent case has again highlighted the importance of landlords being aware of the key regulation in this area and what they need to do to comply with the...

Dreaded Japanese Knotweed

  • Posted

There are many things a potential buyer should be aware of, but none more so than the dreaded Japanese Knotweed. This invasive plant spreads like wildfire and is well-known to cause damage to buildings and hard structures. Not an attractive prospect for a...

A Solicitor Cover Up

  • Posted

A solicitor caught up in a fraudulent property transaction was cleared of dishonesty despite breaching the Money Laundering Regulations 2007 and subsequently trying to cover the matter up. The case of Pemberton Greenish LLP v Henry [2017] concerned a claim...

Experts: the importance of independence

  • Posted

In a large number of cases that litigate, expert evidence is required. Expert evidence is evidence of technical or scientific matters, provided by an independent expert witness with expertise in his or her field. It is usually used to assist the court when...

Space-sharing innovation, Airbnb, under threat

  • Posted

Anyone, anywhere in the world, can list space for rent on the space-sharing website, Airbnb. ‘Space’ is the keyword – you don’t have to own a palace or a luxury annex to earn some extra cash. In fact, the founders of Airbnb literally...