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Before private practice Shabnam spent 14 years working at LEASE. She was always an adviser on the telephone line and seeing clients face to face. As a manager she coordinated and participated in many events primarily for leaseholders around England and Wales. A hugely rewarding role, making a difference in educating people and spreading awareness about the leasehold system. LEASE was at the forefront of advising on the 2002 Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act which was and still is the most important leasehold legislation for a number of years. Shabnam assisted in the development of a best practice guide in association with TPAS: the Tenants Participation Advisory Service. This involved working in focus groups with members of the public as well as meetings with other professionals in the leasehold sector to create the guide. Shabnam's time at LEASE included working alongside the Welsh Government to raise awareness of various leasehold issues. This was done in part in providing advice for inclusion in a report which was presented to the Welsh Government on leasehold issues. As a Senior Associate at Russell-Cooke Shabnam takes instructions from clients on various leasehold matters ranging from lease extensions, to freehold purchase to the right to manage. She has become increasingly involved in public speaking engagements at the firm's own seminars as well as assisting external bodies in training. Currently she is taking part in a round table discussing issues surrounding women in leadership in law. This will cover various hot topics such as unconscious bias and the gender pay gap.
A leaseholder purchased a flat in the knowledge that major works would be required in the future. However, when the works ultimately were undertaken a number of years later they far surpassed the original cost estimate provided. Can the leaseholder refuse to pay?
A protective application was made to the Property Tribunal on the basis that it was almost six months since service of the counter notice and terms had not been agreed. Terms have now been agreed. Should the Tribunal be asked to stay proceedings or should they be withdrawn following the agreement of terms?
Five long residential leases of flats in a block of 14 have a management company as a party. They also contain a covenant by the landlord to grant any other leases of flats in the building in similar terms. The management company has been struck off and the landlord does not intend to form a new one. Can the landlord grant a new lease of another flat on the same terms, except with no management company as a party or will this be a breach of the covenant to grant leases in similar terms?
If a freehold of a residential property is originally owned by one person (referred to as the landlord in a lease the person grants) and is later owned by two people, are they both called landlords and are they both bound by the original lease in the same way?
If a solicitor is working from home and wishes to avoid giving out their personal address, can they accept scanned executed documents from their client by email in order to complete a property transaction that is registrable at HM Land Registry, or must the solicitor be in physical possession of the ‘wet ink’ signature document?
In a collective enfranchisement transaction, can the tenants who are not qualifying tenants take part in the enfranchisement providing there are enough qualifying tenants as well? Eg where there are 15 flats, four owned by the same person and two by another with nine owned individually. If eight qualifying tenants collectively enfranchise, can the owner of the four flats join in in addition to the eight qualifying tenants? Or is the owner of the four flats not able to participate at all?
Is it possible for qualifying tenants of a development which consists of a block of flats plus four houses, all subject to identical long leases, to exercise the right to collective enfranchisement? Or would the option only be open to the tenants in the block of flats?
Is the landlord able to include the right to redevelop in a new lease when granting a voluntary lease extension for a residential property lease?
The lessor under a long residential lease served a section 146 of the Law of Property Act 1925 notice on the lessee seeking remedy for breaches of the lease. The lessee denies the breaches but does remedy them and therefore the only issue is whether the lessor can recover solicitors’ fees for correspondence and service of the notice. The lease provides for the lessee to indemnify the lessor where the lessor serves a section 146 notice. Is the lessor entitled to recover its costs where a tribunal or court has not determined whether there were breaches and therefore whether the notice was validly served?
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