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Author: Emma Wells

Knot My Problem?

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Japanese knotweed is a fast-growing, resilient plant with an invasive network of roots (rhizomes) that that can damage buildings, concrete, roads, paving, retaining walls and other structures.  Its presence on or near a property can significantly reduce its value or even make it unsaleable (sellers are required to disclose the… Continue reading →

Landlords win victory on grounds for refusing a tenant consent to assign

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Emma Wells discusses the recent outcome in No.1 West India Quay (Residential) Limited v  East Tower Apartments Limited [2018] EWCA Civ 250. The Court of Appeal has held that where a landlord refuses a tenant’s request for consent to assign its lease (in circumstances where it has a duty not to unreasonably refuse… Continue reading →

Significant changes to telecoms code further impact landowner rights

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As the new telecoms code comes into force, Emma Wells and Andrew Nayager discuss how the changes will affect landowners and developers. Landowners and occupiers will, on the whole, be worse off than they were under the old code.  That is no surprise, given that the primary purpose of the Code… Continue reading →

Government to ban the sale of new build houses on a leasehold basis

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Emma Wells discusses how proposed reforms to the property market will place landlords and developers under greater restrictions. The number of responses the Government consultation received highlights the strength of feeling about perceived unfair practices in the property market.  Leaseholders, and those that represent them, feel that developers and investors… Continue reading →

Focus: Signed, sealed, delivered

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Serving a notice is easy, right?  You type it up, check it through and pop it in the post to the recipient. Done and dusted with no need to take legal advice on such a simple process.  Until a few months later when the recipient claims not to have received… Continue reading →