Natalie Tatton

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…


Landlord wins dispute over service charges in commercial building

August 9th 2021

A landlord has won a dispute over service charges in a commercial building because the onus was on the tenant to prove they were unfair, and it had failed to do so. Natalie Tatton Solicitor reports on this recent case. The case involved Criterion Buildings Ltd and Mckinsey & Co. Criterion was the landlord of a building comprised of offices, a sportswear store, a theatre and a restaurant. McKinsey leased…


Protection against evictions and winding-up petitions extended

July 8th 2021

The government is extending protection against evictions and winding-up petitions for businesses that are still struggling because of Covid-19. Natalie Tatton, Solicitor provides an update. Legislation will be introduced to ringfence outstanding unpaid rent that has built up when a business has had to remain closed during the pandemic. Landlords are expected to make allowances for the ringfenced rent arrears from these specific periods of closure due to the pandemic…


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…


Leaseholders not liable for cost of repairing structural defects

May 17th 2021

The Court of Appeal has ruled that a group of leaseholders were not responsible for the cost of repairs if those repairs also made good fundamental structural defects in their properties. Natalie Tatton Solicitor reports on this recent case. The leases related to flats situated in a large block constructed in 1957. They were for 125-year terms and were originally granted under the right to buy provisions in the Housing…

Government extends support for commercial and residential tenants

March 29th 2021

The government has extended the ban on evicting commercial tenants until 30th June 2021. Natalie Tatton Solicitor in our Dispute Resolution team provides an update. The move is designed to help those worst affected by the pandemic, such as bars and restaurants, get back to business when doors fully reopen for hospitality no earlier than 17th May. Residential tenants will also be supported as the ban on bailiff-enforced evictions in…

Natalie Tatton

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…


Tenant protections extended as Covid restrictions continue

December 2nd 2020

Protection for people who rent their homes is being extended while the Covid-19 restrictions continue to affect people’s livelihoods. Natalie Tatton, Solicitor in our Dispute Resolution team provides an update. The measures include a ban on evictions until 11 January 2021 at the earliest. The only exceptions to this will be the most egregious cases, including where tenants have demonstrated anti-social behaviour or are the perpetrator of domestic abuse in…


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 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…

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