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Residential Possession Proceedings after Coronavirus: Back to normal?

The Coronavirus Act 2020 significantly affected Landlords’ ability to recover possession of properties let on assured shorthold tenancies – the most common form of residential tenancy (‘AST’) . The Act placed restrictions on evictions and introduced different notice periods which have been modified and extended many times. This flux and uncertainty has led to lots […]

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What is a Lasting Power of Attorney, and when should I make one?

What is a Lasting Power of Attorney? A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document which allows you to give a trusted individual or individuals the power to make decision for you. Your ‘Attorneys’ are given this power when you lose mental capacity, or if you do not wish to make decisions for […]

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Commonhold Ownership: the future? A viable alternative to leasehold ownership?

In January 2021 the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government revealed its plans for reform in the residential leasehold market. This included the formation of the Commonhold Council to help reinvigorate commonhold and prepare the “market for the widespread up-take of commonhold”. So then, what is commonhold and what does the future hold for […]

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Fixed recoverable costs (FRC): The Good, The Bad and The Government Reforms

The Government has recently announced its plans to reform and extend the FRC regime. Their intention is to ensure that more people have access justice in a predictable and cost efficient way. However, these reforms could have the reverse effect, leaving the general public in the lurch. In this article we explore the FRC regime, […]

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