Property owners must take heed of Court of Appeal ruling on Japanese knotweed, says Joelson.

July 24th, 2018

Daniel Swimer, Head of the Real Estate Litigation team at Joelson, has shared his views on the latest Court of Appeal ruling, Network Rail Infrastructure Limited (Appellant) v Stephen Williams and Robin Waistell (Respondents) [2018] EWCA Civ XXX. Japanese knotweed can prove very costly for landowners and developers. It can cause structural damages to land … Continue reading “Property owners must take heed of Court of Appeal ruling on Japanese knotweed, says Joelson.”

Read more

Capital Gains Tax changes cause concern amongst property investors

July 24th, 2018

A new study has revealed that 61 per cent of property investors admit they are concerned about the impact of Capital Gains Tax on non-resident investors in UK real estate. The survey revealed that, ahead of the changes to Capital Gains Tax (CGT) in April 2019, 32 per cent intended to alter their portfolio structure … Continue reading “Capital Gains Tax changes cause concern amongst property investors”

Read more

Landlords to face greater scrutiny under new housing bill

July 24th, 2018

New housing laws proposed by Government could see landlords face fines of up to £30,000, as well as bans from letting properties. The new legislation is designed to ensure that rented homes are safe and will give tenants the right to take legal action when landlords fail in their duties. The Private Member’s Bill on … Continue reading “Landlords to face greater scrutiny under new housing bill”

Read more

Next uses CVA arrangement to attempt clause change in property leases

July 24th, 2018

Struggling retailer Next is one of a number of businesses on the high street dealing with a general downturn in consumer spending, which has led some in the sector to enter into company voluntary arrangement (CVA). Big names such as Carpetright, New Look and Toys R Us have all entered into CVAs in the last … Continue reading “Next uses CVA arrangement to attempt clause change in property leases”

Read more

Joelson welcomes new property litigation Partner

May 29th, 2018

Joelson is proud to announce the appointment of a new Partner to head up our Property Litigation department. Joining the fold from another prominent London-based firm, Daniel Swimer brings with him not only a keen legal mind but also his extensive experience in the property litigation field. His previous role as a Senior Associate within … Continue reading “Joelson welcomes new property litigation Partner”

Read more

Property Ombudsman’s report suggests landlord and tenant disputes are on the rise

May 29th, 2018

The Property Ombudsman’s (TPO) annual report has been published and it makes for interesting reading. According to the data within, the number of complaints to the consumer protection organisation in relation to property had risen by three per cent in 2017. The increase came as the TPO received a total of 3,658 grievances and made … Continue reading “Property Ombudsman’s report suggests landlord and tenant disputes are on the rise”

Read more

Landlords planning to offload properties, says report

May 29th, 2018

A report by the National Landlords Association (NLA) claims that the property market is set to face an influx of properties, as landlords put buy-to-lets on the market. The NLA revealed that from its panel of 1,043 members, 19 per cent were intending to offload some of their portfolio, which, on a national scale, equates … Continue reading “Landlords planning to offload properties, says report”

Read more

Government announces new requirements for estate agents

April 23rd, 2018

The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government has announced new measures, intended to crack down on so-called ‘rogue’ estate agents. Sajid Javid detailed the proposals, which included a requirement for estate agents to hold a professional qualification, as part of plans to professionalise the estate agent market. The Government is looking to … Continue reading “Government announces new requirements for estate agents”

Read more

Business rates set to rise for West End properties

April 23rd, 2018

Businesses plying their trade in London’s West End are bracing themselves for an eye-watering rise in business rates. Restaurants, shops and hotels are all set to see increases in the amount of tax they pay on their properties, as the rises soar higher than the inflation rate. The average increase in business rates will be … Continue reading “Business rates set to rise for West End properties”

Read more

Leasehold reforms “don’t go far enough”

April 23rd, 2018

Reforms to tackle ‘underhand’ practices within the leasehold market have not gone far enough. That’s the claim of campaigners looking to see sharp practices eliminated for good. The decision to buy a home is a life changing one, and once all the stress and paperwork that revolves around deposits, mortgages and moving in, is out … Continue reading “Leasehold reforms “don’t go far enough””

Read more