Commercial Property

Landlord loses service charge appeal after failing to consult tenants

September 15th 2021

A landlord has lost its appeal against a decision that it could not impose service charges for certain works because it had failed to consult tenants properly. Natalie Tatton Solicitor reports on this recent case. The landlord owned several flats let on long leases. It carried out various works to the flats and, in 2017, sought to recover the cost from the lessees through the service charge. It applied to…


Protection for tenants continues with 4-month notice periods

June 10th 2021

The government is continuing its support for tenants to protect them from being evicted during the Covid-19 pandemic, even though lockdown restrictions have now been eased. Natalie Tatton, Solicitor provides an update. As part of a phased approach back to normality, notice periods – previously extended to 6 months as an emergency measure during the pandemic – are now set at four months, dated from 1 June. Subject to the…


Ban on tenant evictions by bailiffs extended until end of March

February 23rd 2021

The ban on tenant evictions by bailiffs, which was imposed because of the Covid19 pandemic, has been extended until 31 March. Natalie Tatton, Solicitor in our Dispute Resolution team provides an update. Exemptions remain in place for the most serious circumstances that cause the greatest strain on landlords as well as other residents and neighbours, such as illegal occupation, anti-social behaviour and arrears of 6 months’ rent or more. The…


Possession hearings return but renters to get more support

October 14th 2020

Landlords can now bring possession proceedings again, but the government has also announced new measures to give tenants extra protection over the winter, especially at Christmas. Natalie Tatton Solicitor provides an update. The government has changed the law to increase notice periods to 6 months meaning renters now served notice can stay in their homes over winter, with time to find alternative support or accommodation. The only exceptions to this are the most…


Government bans business evictions until the end of the year

October 12th 2020

The government has extended its ban on landlords evicting businesses until the end of the year. The move is in response to the continuing COVID-19 crisis. Stephanie Johnson Associate Solicitor provides an update. Ministers say that where companies can pay their rent, they should do so, as this support is aimed at those businesses struggling the most during the pandemic. It’s hoped it will enable them to remain in their…

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Business insolvencies expected to surge by the end of this year

September 15th 2020

Sam Lyon, Head of Corporate and Commercial, notes that insolvency experts are expecting a large rise in the number of companies going out of business towards the end of the year. He would urge anyone who is concerned about the future of their own business, a customer or supplier to seek advice as early as possible. Doing so will give them more options about their next step and allow them…

Leading legal firm lands business expert to head corporate team

September 15th 2020

A HIGHLY experienced legal expert who has been working at the heart of the Cumbria business community for 16 years has landed a top job with a leading law firm. Sam Lyon, 39, has joined Cartmell Shepherd Solicitors as Head of Corporate and Commercial. Sam, who has senior experience at both Burnetts and Cumberland Building Society, is looking forward to working with businesses of all shapes and sizes, including SMEs…

Government introduces 6-month notice period for tenant evictions

September 3rd 2020

The government has announced that landlords will have to give six months’ notice if they wish to evict tenants who are struggling to pay their rent during the Covid-19 pandemic. Natalie Tatton Solicitor in our Dispute Resolution Team provides an update. It has also extended the ban on evictions until 21st September. The six-month notice rule will apply in all cases except those involving serious issues such as anti-social behaviour and…


Government extends ban on tenant evictions during Covid crisis

July 23rd 2020

The ban on evicting tenants who can’t pay their rent due to the Covid-19 crisis has been extended until 23rd August. Natalie Tatton, Solicitor in our Dispute Resolution team provides an update: The move is to ensure that renters continue to have certainty and security. The government says that where tenants do experience financial difficulties as a result of the pandemic, they should work with their landlords to explore all…


New building sites to help housing market recover after Covid-19

July 20th 2020

The government’s housing agency, Homes England, has acquired 19 sites across the country that will be used to build 5,000 new homes. Matthew Bibby Solicitor in our property team provides an update. The land is worth a total of £180 million.  It’s hoped the new homes will help boost the housing market following the Covid-19 crisis. Many of the sites were acquired in the lead-up to the financial year-end as…

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