Blake Morgan is an expert in leasehold management law
Experts in Residential Property Law
Blake Morgan is an expert residential leasehold management practice with specialist litigators advising both landlords and tenants.
The team provides advice and representation to both residential landlords and residential tenants. The team regularly appears in the County Court and the First- and Upper-tier Tribunals on a wide range of leasehold disputes.
The team works in conjunction with our specialist Leasehold Enfranchisement team in dealing with opposed enfranchisement and lease extension claims in respect of houses and flats.
Main Areas Of Practice
We advise and represent clients on the enforcement of covenants in residential leases including non-payment of rent, breach of covenants, unlawful assignments, disrepair and nuisance, and anti-social behaviour.
We seek and defend applications for injunctive relief in respect of tenants behaving in breach of their leases.
Service Charges and Section 20 consultations
We advise landlords on meeting their statutory consultation requirements under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 for Major Works, Qualifying Long Term Agreements and Framework Agreements and, when necessary, in applying for dispensation orders. We advised landlords on the issue of liability for replacement cladding and "Waking Watch" services.
We act for tenants seeking to challenge unreasonable service charge demands in the First-tier Tribunal.
Possession and Lease Termination
We act for both landlords and tenants in respect of bring residential leases to an end including forfeiture for breach of covenants.
Emergency Access Injunctions
We act for landlords in seeking emergency access injunctions to enable landlords to carry out works including PAT testing, fire safety and other statutory duties.
Right to Manage
We advise on the setting up of RTM companies and the transfer of management responsibilities from landlords to RTM companies.
We act for both landlords and tenants in bringing claims to extend leases and purchase freehold interests including contested rights and valuation disputes.
Our clients are residential property owners and occupiers including landlords, tenants, individuals, charities and housing associations.
Siân Jones is praised by her clients for her "solid technical knowledge and sound problem-solving skills."
Advising a housing association landlord on the statutory consultation process for the outsourcing of its cleaning services in respect of its entire residential portfolio in the face of significant vocal opposition by groups of residents.
Advising on the forfeiture of a long residential lease for hoarding and associated fire risks including representation in the First-tier Tribunal obtaining a declaration for breach of covenant.
Advising and representing a national housing association in the First-tier Tribunal responding to a management company's application for dispensation from the section 20 consultation process in respect of one of its residential buildings regarding the replacement of cladding before the application was subsequently withdrawn.
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