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Protecting yourself as a charitable trustee

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Following the recent decision by the insolvency service to bring disqualification proceedings against the former directors of children’s charity Keeping Kids Company, the conduct of charitable trustees is more pertinent than ever. Launching as a...

Storm Doris: a weather bomb, a nationwide pandemic and a reminder to landlords

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Storm Doris was named on the 21st February as warnings for wind, snow and rain were issued by the Met Office. Overnight and into the morning of the 23rd February, storm Doris underwent explosive cyclogenesis labelling it a ‘weather bomb’. The...

Post Christmas possession proceedings

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The new year can be a challenging time as the cost of Christmas catches up with us, but for many residential landlords, there is a struggle to collect rent both during the Christmas period and well into the new year. Rents due on the 1 st January and 1 st ...

Lifetime tenancies to be scrapped

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So-called 'lifetime tenancies' are being phased out by the government under plans to better utilise the UK's limited rented social housing stock. Under the proposals, social landlords - including local authorities - will now only be able to...

Four tips for landlords dealing with secret subletters

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As house prices rise and continue to drive up the cost of a rental property, particularly in London and the South East, it is becoming increasingly common for tenants to sublet. If you are a landlord you may find yourself in a situation where your property...

New legislation means new processes for residential landlords

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If you’re a residential landlord - or are planning to rent a residential property - take note. New legislation comes into force today (1 October 2015) adding a number of new checks and processes which must be carried out. These changes do not replace...

Lessons to learn from KitKat's trademark battle

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We are a nation of unashamed chocolate lovers. Last year we Brits consumed more than 600 tonnes of chocolate, with one-in-six indulging every day. Many of us are used to picking up a sweet treat during our lunch hour, looking for the distinctive...

Court of Appeal issues new guidance on dealing with non-compliance

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The Court of Appeal has given judgment on three cases dealing with non-compliance and applications for relief of sanctions. The Court heard the cases as a linked appeal in order to provide clarity following the decision in Mitchell. The three appeals were...

High Court gives clarification on cost budgeting

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The changes to the Civil Procedure Rules brought in as part of the Jackson reforms provide that a cost budget must be filed 7 days before the first Case Management Conference in multi-track litigation, unless the Court orders otherwise. This rule is subject...

Welcome news for commercial landlords

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Finally the long awaited judgment in the GAME case has been handed down. A group of commercial landlords took action following the collapse of digital game retailer, GAME, to seek payment of rent for the period the administrators had used the various retail...

Commercial landlords set to lose powerful remedy

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Presently landlords of commercial premises can use the remedy of distress to recover arrears of rent from tenants. The remedy is powerful in that commercial landlords can instruct bailiffs to seize goods up to the value of the arrears without giving any...