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Cladding

FIRE SAFETY – AND SERVICE CHARGES Following a tribunal decision, flat-owners in apartment blocks with cladding similar to Grenfell Tower are likely to have to pay the cost of essential improvements to the properties. Leaseholders in the “Fresh” building in Salford went to the tribunal to try and stop the freeholder from making them pay... read more


PRE-ACTION PROTOCOL FOR DEBT CLAIMS

A new Pre-Action Protocol came into force on the 1st October 2017.  It applies to any business claiming a payment of a debt from an individual or a sole trader.  It does not apply to business-to-business debts.   The aim is to try and settle these matters before they get to Court and, given the... read more


Flying Freeholds

A flying freehold refers to freehold property built over land which does not form part of the property. It is used to describe the situation where a freehold property overhangs or projects out from underneath.   According to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, examples of flying freeholds are found in all types of buildings... read more


UNFAIR LEASE TERMS

At Latimer Lee we keep a close eye on the terms and conditions of leases.   Recently we have noticed that new leasehold properties are tending to have shorter leases and sharper  increases in ground rent. Unfair leasehold terms and rapidly increasing ground rents have been the subject of much recent media, political and industry criticism,... read more


SPRINGTIME GARDENING SPECIAL

Japanese Knotweed is an invasive species of plant, originally introduced as an ornamental plant. If left untreated it can cause physical damage to property.  However, it can be successfully treated and eradicated – although, depending on how invasively the knotweed is established, this can be both difficult and expensive, and repeated treatments over years may potentially be... read more


Letting Fees

GOVERNMENT CONSULTATION – ABOLITION OF LETTING FEES On 10th April 2017 the Government began an eight week consultation over its proposal to abolish letting agent fees payable by tenants. Tenants often have to pay these fees before moving into a house or a flat.  The fees are supposed to cover expenses like the preparation of... read more


School Fees Orders

The responsibility of choosing the most appropriate school for your child is huge and is often one of the most important decisions you will make as a parent. For some, a decision fairly early on will have been made with regard to private education. The cost of which can be eye watering. So what happens... read more


Water Meters

Since 1990, every new home has been fitted with a water meter, but water meters can also be fitted to newer properties. The water companies say that people who live on their own, have a small family, or live in a house with a high rateable value, may be able to save money on their... read more


Order for financial provision for a child

The majority of parents will be able to resolve questions about financial support for their children by reference to the Child Maintenance Services (CMS) formerly CSA. Even if the CMS is not formally instructed to calculate child support, the formulas they apply will indicate for most families an appropriate level of financial provision.   There... read more


My Nightmare Tenants

We act for a lot of landlords and we all know that the law protects the tenant and if Teresa May has her way, tenants will have even more protection. Unfortunately, many tenants know how to ‘play the system’ and they stop paying rent, they steal the Housing Benefit by having it paid directly to... read more