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Leasehold Life is very pleased to announce new legal case law contributor, solicitor David Whitney of Painsmith Solicitors, who are a niche specialist practice advising nationwide on all aspects of residential landlord and tenant law.

David is himself a specialist in the field of residential long leasehold with around 20 years experience. He regularly advises on all matters relating to long leasehold law including enfranchisements, lease extensions, service charge disputes, claims for right to manage and advising generally on leases. David
is also a qualified mediator and sits as a fee paid Judge of the First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber).

David’s email address is [email protected] and he can be contacted on tel no: 01420 565310

David will be presenting regular quarterly updates for Leasehold Life on what has been going on within the courts over the previous months starting with new regulations being awaited under Section 131 of the Housing and Planning Act 2016. These will give courts and tribunals a discretionary power to limit the ability of landlords to recover fees from leaseholders as an administration charge. It is thought likely that these provisions will be similar to the existing powers under Section 20C of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 which entitles a tribunal to limit the recovery of costs associated with any tribunal action as an item of service charge expenditure.

David’s first updates for March 2017 are as follows:

Avon Freeholds Limited v. Garnier [2016] UKUT 477 (LC)

Elim Court RTM Co Ltd v. Avon Freeholders Ltd [2017] EWCA civ 89

Knapper and Others v. Francis and Francis [2017] UKUT3 (LC)

Southwark Council v. Lessee’s at St Saviours Estate [2016] UKUT 10 (LC)

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