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Weighing up the costs of adjudication and the associated risks

Weighing up the costs of adjudication and the associated risks

Introduction Construction adjudication was introduced by the government over 20 years ago to provide a swift and cost effective way of resolving construction disputes. It was intended that adjudication could avoid the costs risks and delay that inevitably occur with litigation or arbitration. The aim was to achieve this by a quick procedure which would [...]
New Notice Periods

New Notice Periods

The Government has announced further changes in the notice periods the landlord must give tenants prior to seeking possession through the courts. From 29 August 2020, landlords must provide at least six months’ notice under either Section 21 and under Section 8 for arrears of less than six months prior to seeking possession through the [...]
Property Disputes Expert Says Thousands of Landlords Could Be Waiting Years For Court Hearings After Eviction Ban

Property Disputes Expert Says Thousands of Landlords Could Be Waiting Years For Court Hearings After Eviction Ban

Alex Cook, Director of specialist litigation firm, Helix Law, warns that thousands of residential landlords may be forced to sell their properties because of the long backlog of court eviction proceedings due to the eviction ban. According to the government’s English Housing Survey 2018/19 the private rented sector accounted for 4.6 million or 19% of [...]

UK government launches code of practice for commercial property relationships during the COVID-19 pandemic

Introduction It has been well documented how the Coronavirus pandemic has had (and continues to have) a huge impact on the commercial property market in the UK and the government response has, correspondingly, been far-reaching. To date a moratorium on forfeitures has been enacted and a number of associated measures for tenant businesses have been [...]

Cambridge University plans… Implications for Landlords and Investors

Cambridge University announce plans to go online only for 2020-2021 academic year risking significant impact on HMO landlords and investors. As a HMO landlord/investor, what are your options? What is a HMO? ‘HMO’ is short for ‘house in multiple occupation.’ It means any house or self-contained flat that is occupied by at least three people [...]