The Law Society has devised a quality scheme designed specifically to guarantee to clients standards of integrity, service and competence within the field of residential Conveyancing.
Accreditation for this scheme involves checks being carried out on all members of our Conveyancing department; each conveyancer undergoing an on-line examination.
We are pleased to announce that we have successfully renewed our accreditation.
Our Lewes Office has been continually supporting The Institute of Cancer Research through their Free Wills Scheme and this year have managed to raise in legacies the sum of £60,100!
Those legacies help to enable them to fulfil their mission to find cures that defeat cancer. We are very pleased to contribute to such a worthwhile cause and hope to raise much more through legacies for them through the continuing Free Wills Scheme
As a result of recent case law, Parliament has changed the rules for landlords who let properties on Assured Shorthold Tenancies. Before this, a tenant’s deposit payable under some tenancies made before 6 April 2007 did not have to be registered with an approved deposit scheme. However it has been decided to protect all deposits and if you still have a tenancy starting before that date, the deposit will now need to be registered with a Tenant Deposit Scheme before 23 June 2015.
Failure to do this will mean that the landlord:
- Must refund the deposit to the tenant
- Will have difficulty in regaining possession if it wants to terminate the tenancy
- Faces the risk that significant financial penalties will be imposed by the Court.
It is not uncommon for Tenants who want to sell or transfer (‘assign’) their Leases to someone else, to allow that third party to take over the premises before the legal formalities have been completed. Sometimes they do not even bother with the legal formalities.
This happened in Lankester & Son Limited v R D Rennie & A Rennie. The Tenant (T) took a Lease of a car showroom in 2007 but the following year decided that it wanted to pass the Lease on to a third party (A). As is common with most commercial Leases, T needed the Landlord’s (L) permission which would only be forthcoming if certain conditions were met (mainly relating to guarantees for payment of the rent etc).