Chris Alexander is a property litigation solicitor at SA Law LLP who advises landlords, tenants and managing agents on all aspects of residential landlord and tenant law. This advice includes service charge disputes, disrepair claims, forfeiture, lease extensions, collective enfranchisement, right of first refusal and the appointment of managers. Chris also writes the Leasehold Lawyer Blog giving commentary on issues in the world of residential landlord and tenant law.

For this article, Chris is taking a look at the subtle differences between “old” and “new” leases due to the working of the Landlord and Tenant (Covenants) Act 1995 (“the Act”). It is a more academic approach than practical analysis because whilst for the most part tenants with long residential leases will not notice the difference, there will be occasions where such differences have a bearing.