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Blog archive: July, 2019

Update on residential leasehold houses

The Government announced on 27 June 2019 a number of proposed reforms in the Residential Leasehold Sector, which include: – All new build houses to be sold on a freehold basis only.   Help to Buy contracts will not permit new leasehold houses being sold (other than in exceptional circumstances).   Ground rents will be …

Update on residential leasehold houses

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Injunction against development of car parking spaces

The High Court in, Kettel and others v Bloomfold Ltd [2012] EWHC 1422 (Ch) granted an injunction to a group of tenants in a block of flats preventing the landlord from developing land where the tenants’ car parking spaces were located.  The Court ruled that the car parking spaces granted to the tenants as part …

Injunction against development of car parking spaces

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An immigration reminder

Although this legislation was brought in on 1 February 2016, landlords need to be reminded that they must check the immigration status of their tenants or licencees. Landlords must check under the Immigration Act (sections 20-37 and Schedule 3) the status of prospective tenants and other authorised occupiers before a residential tenancy is entered into, …

An immigration reminder

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Tenants fee at 2019 reminder

Since the 1st June 2019 the Tenant Fees Act 2019 prohibits letting fees paid by tenants in the private rental sector and also caps tenancy deposits. The aim is to prevent landlords from charging tenants for anything other than rent, a tenancy deposit and a holding deposit. There are other permitted payments including interest charges, …

Tenants fee at 2019 reminder

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Property fit for humans

Welcomed proposals are being considered by the Government to ensure that premises let by landlords are fit for human habitation.  The obligations contained within the Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards Bill, will also extend to other areas of the building that the landlord has an interest such as common parts and …

Property fit for humans

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Stamp Duty Land Tax Filing Period

The Stamp Duty Land Tax (Administration) (Amendment) Regulations 2018 have amended the time limit for filing an SDLT return and for paying SDLT due in respect of a land transaction. The time period has been reduced from 30 days to 14 days and will be effective from 1 March 2019.

Stamp Duty Land Tax Filing Period

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Minimum energy efficiency standards – Residential property guidelines

Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) came into force on 1 April 2016 under the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015.  This also applies to residential buildings, required to have an EPC. Landlords are required to carry out energy improvement works to properties with an EPC rating of less than “E” in …

Minimum energy efficiency standards – Residential property guidelines

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MEES & domestic property

The Government amended regulations during the course of 2019 following a consultation process carried out in December 2017, by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (DBEIS) in respect of amendments to The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015 for domestic properties. The consultation was to seek views on imposing …

MEES & domestic property

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Chancel repair liability

Changes to protect landowners and buyers, were made to the Chancel Repair Liability regime from 13 October 2013.  From this date, chancel repair liability is no longer seen as an “overriding interest” on a Land Registry title. Chancel repair liability is a liability on some property owners in England and Wales to fund repairs to …

Chancel repair liability

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Permitted development planning

The Town and Country Planning (Permitted Development) Advertisement and Compensation Amendments (England) Regulations 2019 has made a temporary right now permanent, so that an enlargement of a dwelling house up to 8 metres (in the case of a detached dwelling house) or by 6 metres (in the case of any other dwelling house) is permitted.

Permitted development planning

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