FREE Wills, Tax and Probate Presentations in March and April 2019

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Experts from our specialist wills, tax and probate team are delivering a series of free presentations in Brighton, Shoreham-by-Sea and Southwick during March and April 2019.

Not only will we explain the topics in clear understandable language but everyone who confirms their attendance…

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UK “Incapacity crisis” looms as dementia incidence outstrips health and welfare powers of attorney

A report published by the organisation Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) has warned that the UK is heading for an “incapacity crisis” with a wide gap between the rising number of people likely to lose capacity and the relatively small number who have arranged a health and welfare lasting power…

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Letting Agent prosecuted for giving tenants “sham licences”

A letting agency has been successfully prosecuted under consumer protection legislation for granting “sham licences” to tenants.   

The letting agency in Islington had told two tenants that each had a licence rather than an assured shorthold tenancy and their deposits were not protected in a tenancy deposit scheme. …

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Residential Tenancies – the Tenant Fees Act 2019

A new Act comes into force this year which will restrict the ability of landlords and letting agents to charge certain fees to tenants and prospective tenants of assured shorthold tenancies (excluding social housing and long leases) and student accommodation in England. It will also apply to residential licences (with…

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Government announces independent review of building regulations and fire safety

Following the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower and subsequent large-scale testing of aluminium composite material cladding from similar buildings across the country, the government has announced an independent review of building regulations and fire safety.

The Grenfell Tower fire raised serious questions about the fire safety of high-rise residential blocks…

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Wills Reform

A Law Commission consultation paper seeks feedback from the public on a range of issues around will-making and how the law protects will-makers from fraud.   It is said that while the basics of how we make our wills have stood the test of time, other aspects are in need of…

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Service charge legislation does not apply to student units

A recent ruling by the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) has held that a lease of a student unit which included the right to use communal space was not a separate dwelling for the purposes of section 38 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985.

The unit was intended to be…

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