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L&Q completes acquisition of 29 Affordable Housing Units at Beaulieu Park
We acted for L&Q in the acquisition of 29 Affordable Housing Units from Countryside Zest (Beaulieu Park) LLP on the Neighbourhood Centre and Zone B of the Beaulieu Park development in Chelmsford, Essex.
Nemcova v Fairfield Rents – the private residence test
The only reported Airbnb case so far has attracted media attention and a small flurry of articles and opinion pieces.
Devonshires completes new loan for bpha
bpha has secured a new £75 million loan facility with Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi.
Devonshires second year trainees qualify
We are pleased to announce that following a 2 year training contract we see the following Trainees qualify.
Devonshires welcomes 8 new trainees
We are pleased to announce the arrival of 8 new trainees to our team at Devonshires.
Devonshires help celebrate Bangla Housing Association’s 25th Anniversary
Bangla Housing Association celebrated their 25th Anniversary year on the 21st September 2016.
Leaseholders of Foundling Court v (1) Camden LBC (2) Allied London (Brunswick) Ltd – Who should consult? Head landlord or intermediate leaseholder?
The recent decision of Upper Tribunal in Various Occupational Leaseholders of Foundling Court and O’Donnell Court, Brunswick Centre, London v (1) Camden LBC; (2) Allied London (Brunswick) Ltd and others provided helpful guidance in dealing with the consultation process under S.20 where there is an intermediate landlord and occupational leaseholders.
Raja v Aviram – Breach of covenant by leaseholder
This case involved the leaseholder, Mr Aviram, carrying out works to his flat, in particular replacing his boiler. The new boiler required a new vent and waste pipe to be installed. The lease prohibited works to the external walls without consent of the freeholder.
Moorjani v Durban – Court of Appeal Decision – Absent Leaseholder’s claim for damages arising out of disrepair
This case was considered by the Court of Appeal on 4 December 2015 and concerned a claim by the leaseholder for damages for disrepair when the leaseholder was not occupying the flat concerned for reasons unconnected to the disrepair.
Cain v Islington – Limits on leaseholder challenges
This case was considered by the Upper Tribunal on 25 September 2015 and concerned Mr Cain’s challenge to reasonableness of service charges over the previous 12 years. This is an important case as it provides scope for limiting the leaseholders ability to challenge the reasonableness of the service charges where the leaseholder has repeatedly paid the service charges in the past. Therefore, landlords should be aware of this case, particularly with a view to limiting the scope of challenges to the service charges by their leaseholders.
Deregulation and taking charge of your future
The deregulation measures relating to social housing in the Housing and Planning Act 2016 are going to have a more significant effect on the sector’s ethos and operation than any piece of housing legislation in the last 20 years.
Devonshires recognised again by Legal 500 for our expertise
The latest Legal 500 guide has been published and we are delighted to have been recognised again for our excellent work in a number of our core practice areas.