By Megan Bedwell, a Paralegal in our Commercial Litigation Team. Many leaseholders are finding that their service charge demands are increasing but the level of service is not improved because of those additional charges. Most leaseholders are aware they have a statutory right to collectively purchase their freehold but there is another and much cheaper […]
Public right of way claims What are they, and can they be prevented? As a landowner, you may have heard of the term ‘public right of way’ and wondered what it means. A public right of way is an area of land that is open to the public for passage, such as a path or roadway. In […]
It’s time to mediate The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has recently confirmed that mediation will soon be compulsory for civil claims valued up to £10,000 (small claims track), with changes coming into effect during 2024. This will see mediation become more common in most small claims proceedings. Compulsory mediation Compulsory mediation will apply only to […]
Garden Alterations and Neighbour Disputes – Resolving Summer Conflicts With summer here, many residents take to their gardens to enjoy the warm weather and make alterations to enhance their outdoor spaces. However, these garden alterations can sometimes lead to disputes between neighbours, causing tension and impacting the enjoyment of the summer season. From planting trees on boundary lines to a new fence or maybe even a new shed for your new gardening plans, conflicts between neighbours happen, but resolving these conflicts […]
Renters Reform Bill – Update The government introduced the Renters’ Reform Bill on 17 May 2023 to deliver on the it’s commitment to “bring in a better deal for renters”, creating “safer, fairer, and higher quality homes”. The aim of the bill is to tackle some of the problems in rented housing, namely lack of […]
Your role as a Landlord – A quick guide It is important as a landlord to know your rights and responsibilities. Generally, when managing residential property, your role involves maintenance and ensuring any repair work is completed, as the property cannot have any hazards or breach any health and safety laws. Along with this, there […]
Mould and maintenance in rented housing: Tragic case of must be wake-up call for landlords A lesson must be learned from the recent tragic case of two-year-old Awaab Ishak, who died after his health was compromised by mould growing in the rented home where he lived. Both private landlords and providers of social housing are […]
Proposed new legislation is latest in a fast-changing landscape for private rented sector Is this crunch time for residential landlords? Residential landlords already struggling to keep up with legislation and guidelines, including the tenant protections extended by the government during the pandemic, may feel they have been experiencing constant waves of change so far – […]
Garden predators are taking root in the courts, as householders take action to fight off plant invaders that can be highly destructive and undermine property values. One of the most common reasons for garden-related legal action is when Japanese knotweed has taken root. This highly invasive, aggressive and fast-growing plant can cause structural damage to […]
We are delighted to announce that Isabella Martindale has been promoted to the role of Paralegal here at Cullimore Dutton and will take up the position with immediate effect. Isabella joined our Commercial Litigation team in November 2021 as a Legal Assistant having graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in 2020 with a first class Law […]
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