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Friday, November 10, 2017 Katie Cohen Guest Contributors

Katie Cohen is a Partner at Child & Child. well as being a full member of the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners (ALEP).

For this article Katie explains what having a ‘share of the freehold’ means.

Flats within a building are held on a leasehold basis. Collectively at some point, the tenants have bought the freehold of the block of flats usually in the name of a company. Although the individual flats are still held on leases, the freehold is owned by a company in which a...

Friday, November 10, 2017 Shamin Kashem Guest Contributors

The following article from guest contributor Shamin Kashem, Solicitor at award winning HPLP, highlights the situation that some leaseholders find themselves in when they want to buy the freehold but the freeholder owns and lives in one of the other flats in the block. 

Different scenarios will be illustrated by starting off on the basis that the flat owner would not qualify because of the “resident landlord exemption” which is set out in section 10 of the Leasehold Reform Housing and Urban De...

Friday, November 10, 2017 Chris Alexander Guest Contributors

Chris Alexander is a property litigation solicitor at SA Law LLP who also writes the Leasehold Lawyer Blog giving commentary on issues in the world of residential landlord and tenant law.

‘Are these service charges mine?’ is an age-old question that comes up regularly in the months after a leasehold purchase, when managing agents/landlord’s chase arrears, complete the annual service charge accounts and issue deficit invoices.

The answer to this depends on whether the lease is an ‘old’ lease ...

Friday, November 10, 2017 Katie Cohen Guest Contributors

Katie Cohen is a Partner at Child & Child as well a a full member of the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners (ALEP).

For this article, Katie focuses on how leaseholders can acquire the freehold from a bankrupt freeholder.

A bankrupt individual is someone who has been adjudged by an order of the court as being unable to pay their debts. An individual who believes they are insolvent may petition the Court for their own bankruptcy or a creditor may issue a bankruptcy petitio...

Sunday, November 19, 2017 Sharon Landlord and Tenant

The county court is where the majority of residential possession claims are dealt with and is where bailiffs become involved.
If the tenant doesn’t leave the property by the date given in an Order for Possession, the landlord can ask for it to be enforced through the relevant county court with a ‘Warrant for Possession’ if it is clear that the tenant is continuing to live in the property. This authorises the county court bailiff to evict the tenant from the property. Application is made by co...