License or Lease… Look Beyond the Label

It is important for landlords to be aware of the risks involved in granting a licence to a potential licensee particularly where such licensee is intending to occupy the premises for an extended period of time. The question of whether a licence agreement is really a licence or a lease in disguise...

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Ashley Wilson Sponsor Kensington & Chelsea Business Awards

On the 18th October we were pleased to support the Kensington and Chelsea Chamber of Commerce by becoming one of the main sponsors for their inaugural business awards dinner, at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel in Harrington Gardens. We presented the prizes for the employer of the year and small empl...

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What is Collective Enfranchisement?

As collective enfranchisement solicitors, we understand how difficult it can be to understand legal concepts and procedures around collective enfranchisement. Thankfully Jade Wilson, Solicitor at Ashley Wilson Solicitors, is here to explain more about what collective enfranchisement is and how to...

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Collective Enfranchisement Update

Revocable licence to use a communal garden converted into an permanent irrevocable right On the 18th April 2018 the Court of Appeal (CA) handed down the decision of The Corporation of Trinity House Deptford Strond v 4-6 Trinity Church Square Freehold Limited [2018] EWCA Civ 764 an appeal from the U...

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Landlord & Tenants Disputes – Webinar

With extensive and increasing legislation coming into force the full length webinar is a useful guide for landlords and their advisors to the law surrounding rented accommodation in England and Wales. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xcv33LLuEc See the full length webinar here: https://www.mblse...

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Airbnb – Is it a Breach of Your Lease?

Nemcova v Fairfield [2016] UKUT 303 (LC) Leaseholders Beware! Airbnb is an online marketplace which allows people to list short term lettings and is becoming increasingly popular across the UK. If the property that is let is a flat that flat is almost certainly going to be held on a residential lo...

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Update regarding Tribunal Fees

On 17 December 2015 Government announced proposals to make a number of changes to application and hearing fees, which, since 25 July 2016 has been implemented. The hearing fees will be as follows: On filing an application to commence proceedings in any leasehold case or on filing an appeal o...

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Higher Rates of Stamp Duty to be Applicable to Lease Extensions

On the 1st April 2016 the Government introduced higher rates of Stamp Duty Land Tax to be levied on purchases of additional residential properties. This effectively means that unless you are buying your first property, or you are selling your main residence and buying a property that is intended to ...

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Possession – Article 8 Defence – McDonald v McDonald and others [2016] UKSC 28

In a very important decision, the Supreme Court handed down judgment on 15 June 2016. It was unanimously held that a tenant of a property owned by a private landlord could not rely upon Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights as a defence to possession proceedings....

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Prescribed Information invalidly executed by Landlord Company (technical defence to a section 21 possession claim)

In the case of Bali v Manaquel Company Limited (County Court at Central London (HHJ Hand QC), 15th April 2016) the tenant, Mr Bali successfully defended the landlord’s no fault based claim for possession on a technicality; because of a failure to execute the Prescribed Information in accordance wi...

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