Repairs and alterations

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In the absence of an express provision in the lease (which is rare), a landlord has an absolute right to refuse consent to alterations outside the demise. Definition of...

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Statutory provisions Section 143 of the Law of Property Act 1925 provides that where a licence is granted to a tenant to do any act, the licence, unless otherwise...

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A charity may be involved in a construction project: • to fulfil its charitable objectives (eg the construction of social housing) • to provide office or other...

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The Heat Network (Metering and Billing) Regulations 2014, SI 2014/3120 came into force on 18 December 2014 and transpose parts of the Energy Efficiency Directive...

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A landlord's liability to a tenant for the state and condition of premises is generally determined by the terms of the tenancy. However, under Defective Premises Act 1972...

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Once a lease has ended, the landlord can no longer forfeit or rely on a Jervis v Harris clause. At that stage, damages are the only available remedy and the amount...

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Meaning of rebuilding Depending on context, the Court of Appeal confirmed that rebuilding meant more than the reconstruction of the existing buildings. The...

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Please note that the obligations to make reasonable adjustments to the physical feature of common parts are not yet in force. Therefore, until such time as they are, this...

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Common law—implied terms Reasonable care and skill Where a purchaser buys a house from a builder: • in the course of construction, or • who contracts to build it common...

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A leasehold valuation tribunal (LVT) decision (W. Redmile & Sons v Butts MAN/00CF/LBC/2011/0002 and 0003) dealt with alleged breaches of covenant by two sets of tenants...

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Without some express or implied permission, a tenant is not permitted to make alterations outside of the demised premises: such access or works will constitute a trespass...

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Brexit impact This content is likely to be impacted by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. For information on how leaving the EU will affect environmental law, see Practice...

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This Practice Note sets out the scope of and aims of the Pre-action Protocol for Housing Disrepair Cases (the Protocol), and the consequences of a failure to comply with...

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The Pre-action Protocol for Housing Disrepair Cases (the ‘Protocol’) applies to residential property situated in England and Wales and relates to claims by tenants and...

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In the absence of an express covenant to repair, the tenant's liability depends: • partly on the doctrine of waste, and • partly on an implied obligation to use the...

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Landlord’s repair objectives The key aims for the landlord are to: • shift as much responsibility for the repair of the premises as it can onto the tenant, and • to...

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STOP PRESS: The Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016 is not yet in force. However, when it does come into force, it contains new provisions requiring the landlord to make sure...

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Introduction The purpose of section 215 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (TCPA 1990) is to give a local planning authority (LPA) power to take...

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Reinstatement of alterations can be very contentious. Landlords may be left with a property in an unlettable state or tenants may find that they are called upon to...

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The Landlord and Tenant Act 1927 (LTA 1927) allows a tenant to serve notice stating its intention to carry out specified improvements. If the landlord either does not...

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Unless there is clear wording to the contrary (eg a schedule of condition), a covenant to repair requires the tenant to undertake work that, having regard to the age,...

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Defects in design, faulty installation or the use of inappropriate or inadequate materials when building a property can lead to significant problems later on. In one...

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