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Life Made a Misery By Noisy Neighbours? You Are Not Powerless!

If your life is blighted by noisy or abusive neighbours, a good lawyer can restore your peace and ensure that the wrongdoers are punished. In one case, a social tenant whose next-door neighbours were assailed by loud music, shouting, swearing and banging received an eight-week prison sentence. The mother of three children had been arrested several times for...

Couple Ordered to Demolish House Built Without Planning Permission

Planning laws are complex and, before putting one brick upon another, it is always wise to seek professional advice. In one case that proved the point, a couple who almost doubled the size of their country cottage without planning permission were ordered to demolish the entire building. The couple had knocked down a large part of the cottage and replaced it with...

Football Club’s Training Facility Receives High Court Blessing

Planning decisions often involve a delicate balancing exercise between the benefit that a development will bring and the harm that it will cause. That was certainly so in one case in which the High Court gave its blessing to a football club’s plans for a state-of-the art training facility and academy. Construction of the two-storey facility would involve major...

Small Attic Bedrooms Big Enough for Students Court of Appeal Rules

In an important decision for owners of student accommodation or houses in multiple occupation (HMOs), the Court of Appeal has ruled that a licensing condition that restricted occupation of two small attic bedrooms to full-time students was lawful. The rooms were both located in semi-detached houses owned by the same landlord. The local authority took the view...

Planning Building Works? Don’t Forget to Notify The Neighbours!

Reasonable people are aware of how important it is to notify neighbours of building works before they commence. However, in one case where such wisdom did not prevail, inconsiderate property owners ended up receiving a High Court injunction and a five-figure legal costs bill. Builders instructed by the owners of a suburban semi-detached house had begun using...

Get Advice Before Signing Important Agreements – Even With Your Brother!

No matter how much you may trust relatives or close friends, you should never sign important documents without independent legal advice. In one case that proved the point, a man put his name to a deed that was put before him by his brother but which eventually led to the forced sale of his £750,000 home. The man and his brother had used money given to them by...