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Bad vibrations: Navigating nuisance construction claims

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What rights do neighbours have when construction gets noisy and troublesome? Jonathan Pawlowski, construction litigation partner at Brecher Solicitors reports. The London skyline is constantly evolving, with tired old buildings being replaced by ever more adventurous skyscrapers redefining the City’s visual identity. These new structures are often marmite, but we soon fall in… Continue reading →

If neighbours go to war then their house prices fall through the floor

Try to stop arguments over the fence escalating, says Felicity Hannah. They could cost far more than you think Nuisance neighbours can make life miserable. Whether it’s a dispute over boundaries, shared access to driveways or anti-social noise, falling out with next door can make home life stressful. If it… Continue reading →

Cautionary tale on payment pitfalls under construction contracts

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Jonathan Pawlowski, partner at Brecher Solicitors, reviews the lessons of Leeds City Council v Waco UK Ltd. Payment provisions under the majority of construction contracts are governed by the requirements put in place by the Housing Grants, Construction & Regeneration Act 1996. These provisions have caught out many an unwary… Continue reading →

Private Landlords v First-Time Buyers – is that the real battleground?

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The Summer Budget included restrictions on mortgage interest relief for owners of rental properties, limiting the relief to the basic rate of tax.  Under the current system individual landlords can deduct all of their costs, including mortgage interest, from their profits before paying tax.  George Osborne believes this gives such… Continue reading →

What do you mean I don’t need planning permission?

In the labyrinthine world of planning laws, there are certain provisions which allow you to change the use of the building without having to apply for planning permission. These are known as permitted development rights. You may have come across them in the context of the slightly controversial “office to… Continue reading →

Last day at MIPIM

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Apologies for lateness today. Anyone at MIPIM will understand why. Frankly, you’re lucky to be getting a blog at all. It’s the last day and I see groups of men standing on street corners with suitcases, quietly waiting for their taxis to the airport. They replace the night time corner-dwellers,… Continue reading →

MIPIM – Day 3

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Forced to wake up at the ungodly hour of 8am to attend a breakfast I wonder what sort of sadist thinks that 9am on the Thursday of MIPIM is an acceptable start time. I tweet this. When I get to the restaurant, the subject of Twitter comes up and my host… Continue reading →