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Restrictive Covenant Amendment Enables Barn Conversion to Proceed

Restrictive covenants are often found in title deeds and are an effective means of protecting property owners’ rights to privacy and to live free from noise and other nuisance. However, as a tribunal decision illustrated, such covenants can be modified to enable reasonable use of land. The case concerned a couple whose £2.6 million home was set in a 90-acre...

Planning Enforcement Notices – What Happens If Compliance Is Unfeasible?

Planning enforcement notices must be obeyed, but what happens if compliance is simply not feasible? The High Court tackled that issue in a case concerning an extension to a £1.85 million house that was built without planning consent. There was no dispute that a couple had built the three-storey extension to the back of their Victorian house without permission....

Long Leaseholders – You May Need Landlord’s Consent for Alterations!

Many long leaseholders believe that their legal position is almost identical to that of a freeholder. However, in a case that showed how mistaken that view is, a maisonette dweller who failed to obtain her landlord’s consent before making a hole in an exterior wall was found to have breached the terms of her lease. The woman held a 999-year lease in respect of...

Campaign Group Succeeds in Derailing Recycling Plant Expansion Plans

Planning decisions often have a huge impact on communities and, with the benefit of professional advice, local campaign groups can have a decisive say in the process. In a case on point, one such group succeeded in derailing plans to extend the life of a waste recycling plant and to greatly expand the facility. The relevant site was already home to a large...

Landlord Who Failed to Consult Tenants Has Service Charges Capped

Tenants are legally entitled to be consulted before their landlords sign agreements with their managing agents or others that extend beyond a 12-month period and result in the levying of service charges. As a Court of Appeal case showed, failure to comply with such requirements can have extremely serious consequences. The case concerned an urban block of flats...

Unmarried Couples – Always See a Lawyer Before Moving In Together!

Wise unmarried couples who move in together always seek legal advice to ensure that their property rights are both clear and protected. In one case where that sadly did not happen, a woman who claimed that her boyfriend had promised her half of his £660,000 farmhouse was left without a penny. The woman had performed a great deal of heavy and laborious work in...