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  • Overview

    The Christmas Queen’s Speech included proposals for significant changes for residential property, particularly in the private rented sector and for leaseholders.

     

    Renters’ Reform Bill

    • Abolition of ‘no fault’ evictions. Since 1997, after the fixed term of a tenancy expired, landlords have been able to recover possession from tenants without proving that the tenants are in breach of their tenancy agreements. Pressure to provide tenants with greater security has been increasing for some time. After consultations last year, the Government intends to press ahead with abolishing no fault evictions this year.
    • Additional rights for landlords to recover possession. The other side of the coin to the abolition of no fault evictions is increasing landlords’ rights to recover possession where there is a legitimate need to do so. What additional rights landlords will have to recover possession is not yet clear, but one of the significant proposals in last year’s consultation was a right to recover possession if the landlord needed to sell the property with vacant possession.
    • Lifetime deposits. Raising the funds for a deposit is a barrier to tenants moving properties, as tenants have to raise the money for the deposit for the new property while their existing deposit is still locked up in the old one. The proposal is for a ‘passporting’ system that allows the landlord of an outgoing tenant to transfer a deposit to the new landlord directly to avoid this problem. It’s unclear how this will work in practice if the old landlord needs to make deductions from the deposit.

     

    Housing

    • Consultation on ‘First Homes’ – properties sold at a discount of at least 30% of market value, with the reduction in value secured via a covenant against the property to ensure that when the property is sold future buyers also benefit from the discount.
    • Reform of Shared Ownership.
    • Plans to deliver one million new homes over the course of this Parliament.
    • A £10bn fund to support infrastructure for new developments.
    • Reform of leaseholds, including steps to make extending leases and buying freeholds cheaper, preventing new homes being sold as leaseholds where freeholds are more appropriate, and pushing commonhold ownership schemes (where ownership and management of a property is shared between the owners of each of the units in a property).

     

    Building Safety Bill

    • More stringent duties on those responsible for the safety of high-rise buildings, together with stronger enforcement and sanctions for breaches.
    • New frameworks for building safety and construction projects.
    • Greater input from residents in the system.
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    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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