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  • Overview

    We acted for the tenant of a mixed use property in Central London whose landlord refused the tenant permission to make a planning application to use the upper floors for residential purposes.  The landlord refused permission on the grounds that it perceived the tenant’s ultimate motive was to try and force the sale of the freehold under the enfranchisement process.  The tenant issued court proceedings were issued.

    The Judge found for the tenant and decided that the landlord was trying to seek a financial advantage over the tenant by refusing consent, and that stance was unreasonable.

    Mark Steggles, the lead Partner on the matter, comments “this was an important decision for the tenant, who was being stopped from letting out the top floors of a Central London property even on assured shorthold tenancies and prevented from generating any income”. 

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    Property disputes including landlord & tenant

    We represent clients in all forums including the High Court and County Court, Lands Tribunal, and the First-Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber).  All of our property specialists are members of the Property Litigation Association and we have strong working relationships with specialist surveyors and experts, as well as Chancery barristers. Above all, we recognise that the property world is a business in which personal relationships count and we fully address the human as well as the legal dimension of any problem.

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