The following Property Disputes practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
Coronavirus (COVID-19): During the current pandemic, legislation and changes to practice and procedure in the courts and tribunals have been introduced, which affect the following:
proceedings for possession
forfeiture of business leases on the grounds of non-payment of rent
a landlord's right to exercise Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery (CRAR) and enforcement agents taking control of goods
service of various notices to recover possession of residential properties
practice and procedure in the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) and Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber)
insolvency legislation of both a permanent and temporary nature
For further information and guidance, see: Coronavirus (COVID-19)—implications for property.
Forfeiture is a landlord’s right to bring a lease to an end as a result of a tenant’s breach. A landlord may only end the tenancy agreement by forfeiture if there:
is an express right in the lease, ie the tenancy agreement contains a forfeiture clause which allows the landlord to forfeit in respect of the tenant's alleged breach. For example, the lease may provide that the landlord is entitled to forfeit the lease for failure to pay rent within 14 or 21 days of the due date, or on the occurrence of a specific event detailed in the lease (for example any type of insolvency specified as an event giving rise to
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