Default judgment removes tribunal jurisdiction over service charges

Marlborough Park Services Ltd v Leitner [2018] UKUT 230 (LC) Under Section 27A of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985, the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) has the power to determine whether a service charge is payable and, if it is, the amount which is payable.  However, the tribunal’s jurisdiction to make this determination can be curtailed in certain circumstances.  Relevant …

Landlord’s recoverable costs on an enfranchisement claim?

John Lyon’s Charity v Terrace Freehold LLP [2018] UKUT (LC) Leaseholders making a claim to buy their freehold or extend their lease under the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 will not only have to pay the cost of the proprietary interest they will be acquiring, but also their landlord’s reasonable legal and valuation costs of dealing with …

Is it a house? Is it a flat? No, it’s a ‘residential unit’

In the Law Commission’s recent paper, Leasehold Enfranchisement: A summary of proposed solutions for leaseholders of houses, published as part of the Commission’s 13th programme of law reform, many suggestions were made for a radical overhaul of the current system in place allowing leaseholders of houses to extend their leases and buy their freeholds.  Amongst the more intriguing suggestions put …