Topics this month:

  • Boundaries and adverse possession: Boundaries - extrinsic evidence – photograph – when an appeal will be allowed.
  • Co-ownership: Sale of land by court order – is one co-owner allowed to buy out without the sale being tested on the market?
  • Landlord and tenant (General): Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 – provisions protecting tenants during pandemic – restrictions on winding up – moratoriums; Code of Practice - commercial property relationships during pandemic;  Conditional agreement to surrender – payment of monies due – giving vacant possession.
  • Long leases: Holiday lets – breach of covenant? Enfranchisement - meaning of “a house” – roof and other structural elements not demised; Service Charges – Landlord’s certificate conclusive?
  • Mortgages: Receivers – duties on sale – requirement of good faith – sale at undervalue.
  • Property litigation: Possession claims – extension of coronavirus stay to 23 August – application to claims outside Part 55.
  • Property transactions: Land Registration –rectification of register – exceptional circumstances.
  • Residential tenancies: Gas Safety Certificates and s21 notices; Flexible Tenancy – fixed term – determination.
  • Solicitors Practice Points: Law Society Practice Note- Fraud; Property Information Forms – revised Guidance Note for TA6; VAT – Postal Searches; COVID-19: Law Society further amended statement on virtual execution and e-signatures.

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