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COVID-19 – Realty Law’s high level of service to continue

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We understand the current unexpected pandemic has affected many aspects of people’s lives, that’s why here at Realty Law we have ensured we have planned to adapt to the on going changes to continue to provide our best service. Our professional team of experts are at current working remotely making use of our highly effective…

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Gala Unity Strikes Again – the risk of duplication of management effort

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The issue of “appurtenant land” continues to cause complications with RTM blocks, as was shown in the recent Upper Tribunal decision of Firstport Property Services Limited v Settlers Court RTM Company Limited and Others [2019] UKUT 243 (LC). The Upper Tribunal in Firstport determined that estate service charges were not payable to Firstport from one…

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The Tribunal may not come to the rescue! Unsatisfactory service charge provisions

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The Upper Tribunal’s recent decision in the matter of Camden LBC v Morath and others [2019] UKUT 293 (LC) highlights the good sense of striving to agree variations to old leases, and the risk of relying on the Tribunal to remedy imperfect historical leases.   In Morath, the UT considered an appeal from Camden LBC after…

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Landlords beware – Defects on service charge notices

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The recent Upper Tribunal decision in Westlake [2019] UKUT 225 (LC) emphasises the importance in ensuring that service charge notices are correctly drafted and served. Whilst in this case the UT found in favour of the landlord, the UT stressed that where there could be any potential confusion as to the name and address of…

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RICS publishes new professional statement on service charges in commercial property.

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Does new RICS’ statement serve up a fairer deal? The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has published a new professional statement on service charges in commercial property. Effective from April 1st 2019, Service Charges in Commercial Property (1st Edition), sets a marker for the standards of management required in the industry and provides nine…

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More powers for Recognised Tenants’ Associations

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More powers for Recognised Tenants’ Associations The government has introduced new legislation that is set to provide more powers for recognised tenants’ associations. In the ‘post-Grenfell’ era, the government and long residential leaseholders are keen for recognised tenants’ associations to exert their statutory rights in respect of service charges. Effective from November 1st 2018, the…

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Debt recovery expert to advise national residents’ body

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Debt recovery expert to advise national residents’ body A specialist with more than 30 years’ experience in legal debt recovery and enforcement has been appointed as honorary consultant of a national private residents’ body. Neil Jinks, director of Birmingham-based Realty Law, will offer expert advice to leaseholders as part of a new voluntary position with…

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