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Using the FTT’s Rules to Manage Disputes
In our last edition we set out some of the new rules which apply to the First Tier Property Tribunal (FTT), following its introduction in place of the LVT.
Recovering the Costs of Preparing s146 Notices
Where a leaseholder has breached the terms of their lease (other than non-payment of rent) the landlord can serve a notice under s.146 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1925 giving a reasonable period of time for the leaseholder to respond regarding remedying the breach, if it is capable of being remedied.
Reasonableness of Service Charges for Improvements
Whether works or services provided by a landlord can be recharge to leaseholders is a matter of the construction of the lease.
Section 20 Statutory Consultation for “Dwellings”
It is well known that the consultation process for service charges, pursuant to s20 of the Landlord & Tenant Act 1985 applies to residential properties.
Ask the Expert: Time Limits on Recovery of Service Charges
We are a Registered Provider of Housing and we are intending to recover the costs of works which were carried out to the roof to a block of flats.
Akerman-Livingstone v Aster Communities Limited
On 11 March 2015, the Supreme Court handed down their judgment in the case of Akerman-Livingstone v Aster Communities Limited (formerly Flourish Homes Limited) [2015] UKSC 15.
A2 Dominion Council Tax Exemption Case
The cases concerned whether a charitable housing association is entitled to council tax exemption for the void periods between lettings.
Property Guardianship – A Warning
We recently obtained a Possession Order for One Housing Group.
Disrepair Claim Dismissed
Devonshires recently acted for Industrial Dwellings Society (“IDS”) in a case brought against them for disrepair at the property.
Ask the Expert – Pets and Social Housing
How do I know if a tenant is allowed to keep pets at their property?
Relationship breakdowns: the ‘absent’ or ‘unnamed’ tenant
Devonshires’ Housing Management Department is often approached for advice when a landlord becomes aware that the relationship between two tenants sharing a property has broken down.
The Care Act 2014: What Housing Providers Need to Know
Diet controlled Type 2 diabetes does not amount to a disability under the Equality Act 2010 (EqA 2010) according to a recent finding by the Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) in Metroline Travel Ltd v Stoute.