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Landlord & Tenant – Eviction Proceedings Recommence

Possession cases which had been stayed since the 26th March 2020 due to COVID-19 recommenced on the 21st September 2020 in the county court.

A list of priority cases has been formulated:-

i) Cases with allegations of anti-social behaviour, including Ground 7A of Schedule 2 to the Housing Act 1988 and Section 84A of the Housing Act 1985.
ii) Cases with extreme alleged rent arrears accrued, that is, arrears equal to at least
(i) 12 months’ rent, or
(ii) 9 months’ rent where that amounts to more than 25% of a private landlord’s total annual income from any source.
iii) Cases involving alleged squatters, illegal occupiers or persons unknown.
iv) Cases involving an allegation of domestic violence where possession of the property is alleged to be important for particular reasons which are set out in the claim form (and with domestic violence agencies alerted).
v) Cases with allegations of fraud or deception.
vi) Cases with allegations of unlawful subletting.
vii) Cases with allegations of abandonment of the property, non-occupation or death of defendant.
viii) Cases concerning what was allocated by an authority as ‘temporary accommodation’ and is specifically needed by the authority for reallocation as ‘temporary accommodation’.

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The Masters of the Rolls

On the 31st July 2020 the Prime Minister’s Office announced that Her Majesty The Queen had been pleased to approve the appointment of Sir Geoffrey Vos as the Master of the Rolls from the 11th January 2021 in succession to Sir Terence Etherton.

It is interesting to note that 6 out of 7 of the most recent incumbents of this judicial office have been of the jewish faith the others being Lords Woolf, Phillips, Neuberger and Dyson.

We find that jewish solicitors are often particularly sought after because of their perceived quality traits of intelligence, shrewdness, toughness and integrity.

If you are looking to find such a solicitor please do not hesitate to call us.

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House Prices Climb as Inheritance Battles Rise

House prices are beginning to rise as we ease out of lockdown commensurate to the growth observed in recent pre-Covid times. There were nearly half as many more inheritance claims in the High Court last year compared to the previous year. People have been alerted in this regard due to a few proceedings that have been well publicised.

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No-Fault Divorce from Autumn 2021

No-fault divorce removing all elements of blame from the process is almost a reality.

The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill that has recently passed through the House of Commons will enable couples to have a no-fault divorce when it comes into force next Autumn. Final amendments are now being considered by the House of Lords.

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Tenant Forces Landlord to Enforce Lease Covenants

A lessee wanted to refurbish her flat that involved heavy structural work that could possibly have damaged the building (i.e. more than usual refurbishments for which permission would have needed to be sought from the landlord and cannot be refused if reasonable). She was given permission by the landlord to do so. A neighbouring lessee objected saying the landlord had no right to give permission for such onerous work without the consent of all of the lessees and the Supreme Court agreed.

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Domestic Abuse Calls for Divorce

Self-isolating abuse has been blamed for the spark in divorce enquiries that we have been receiving since the start of the lockdown. Child custody battles have also featured strongly recently due to the isolation pandemonium. Abuse need not only be physical. Calls for the renegotiation of divorce settlements are now being answered as the downturn in finances hits home.

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Travel Transport Retail – Coronosolvencies

Travel, transport and retail organisations have contacted solicitors for preliminary discussions in view of their poor or non-existent trading environments. Restructuring, the raising of funds and reapportionment of debt are the services sought to stem the cash bleeds. Other sectors are forecast to follow suit as social distancing and lockdowns rise.

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Divorce – Don’t forget about the Pension

Company shares are often forgotten about when negotiating financial settlements to a divorce alongside the broader issue of pensions. This can obviously be a crucial income stream if only one party provided the family income. Pensions are usually divided equally. You need to re-institute legal proceedings if you forget this valuable asset!

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Commercial Property Elevation Expected after Brexit

A fairly good demand for premium office space exists in London in the days leading up to Brexit, on the 31st January 2020, since the Conservative win in last month’s general election. However tenancy agreements have yet to be fully negotiated. A large surge in refurbishment and building has been forecast by commentators for the first six months of this year.

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Immigration Rise

Immigration specialist solicitors in London have been enjoying a surge of clients. As many Europeans emigrated a significant number of Americans immigrated due to outbound financial deals being uncharacteristically less than inbound.

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