With one of the largest dedicated Residential Property teams in the country we act for clients on all aspects of their property requirements. Our emphasis is on providing a client-focused service giving practical, relevant and technically accurate advice.
We are experienced in dealing with all aspects of residential property including:
- leases with and without a share of freehold
- freehold family homes
- investment property
- leasehold or freehold property being bought off plan and new builds
- landlord and tenant matters
- block and estate management
- mixed use buildings
- enfranchisement – lease extensions, collective enfranchisement claims and the tenants right of first refusal.
Our expertise also covers the development, marketing and subsequent sales of central London residential assets. Built over many years and as a result of our long-term involvement in high value and high profile schemes in Central London and in prime areas across the UK, we have established relationships with the key property agents. We are skilled at adapting to various tax criteria for both developers and sophisticated buyers – often non-resident – while also being highly experienced in applying our enfranchisement expertise to draft creatively around the terms of the relevant legislation.
Our team has developed an expertise on the interaction between the many commercial and residential elements of all schemes, understanding the legal and asset management issues involved.
As part of a firm with experts in Construction, Property Litigation, Tax, Property Finance and Planning teams, we are able to provide our clients with seamless advice on any matter arising from their property requirements.
We reported in June about changes to the residential possession procedure as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Last week the government implemented further changes and we look at the current rules.
The Law Commission has published its three key proposals for home ownership reform with a firm focus on re-invigorating the largely ignored form of commonhold ownership.
We have already reported about the extension implemented by the Coronavirus Act 2020 to the length of notice that most possession notices and notices to quit must give before possession proceedings may be started.
Update on house moves: Guidance published by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Previously, moving house was only permitted where "reasonably necessary" and parties were strongly encouraged to delay completion where the property had not been vacant. This position has been relaxed and transactions can broadly go ahead as normal, unless parties are self-isolating or symptomatic.