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Adverse possession

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On 1st September 2016

In this uncertain time of very high property prices and a very low likelihood of getting a mortgage it is shocking to see the number of properties that sit empty. The housing crisis and the number of empty properties has led to people “squatting” in other people’s empty homes. This can lead to people losing their homes through a claim for adverse possession.

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ASTs: Another short term solution!

Alexander Panayi

Posted by Alexander Panayi | Solicitor
On 21st July 2016

Assured Shorthold Tenancies (“ASTs”) were introduced by the Housing Act (“HA”) 1988. The apparent purpose of their introduction was to effectively “swing the pendulum of control” in favour of landlords in the private sector. Prior to the HA 1988 many tenancies took the form of ‘prescribed and statutory’ tenancies.

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Who has an interest in your property?

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On 7th July 2016

On 17th June 2016 the Court of Appeal handed down a judgment in the case of Mortgage Express v Lambert which concerned a dispute between a mortgagee that was seeking possession of a property from an occupier, Ms Lambert who was not the registered owner. Ms Lambert claimed she had an interest in the property which was an “overriding interest” and therefore took priority over the mortgage company’s interest.

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Landlords beware – all change to section 21 notices

Chun Wong

Posted by Chun Wong | Partner
On 17th March 2016

The Deregulation Act 2015 has been in force since October 2015, so why should landlords only take heed of it now? Because the Act only applied to tenancies granted after 1st October 2015. The new Act provides that you cannot serve a s21 notice seeking possession within the first 4 months (of any tenancy commencing from 1st October 2015). This means that the first available date for service under the new Act is after 1st February 2016.

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