aIn the recent unreported County Court case of Williams and Another v Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd 2017, Network Rail was held liable for their failure to take reasonable steps to prevent Japanese knotweed from blighting properties on neighbouring land.
With the general election on Thursday 8 June looming closer and closer, now is a good time to compare and contrast what is being pledged by the three major political parties on real estate
A recent decision on restrictive covenants surprisingly saw the court award in favour of a developer who had already built a social housing development in breach of a restrictive covenant.
Last year, the High Court ruled in EMI Group Ltd v O&H Q1 Ltd  that any assignment of a new lease from a tenant to its guarantor is void.
In Vivienne Westwood Limited v Conduit Street Development Limited  EWHC 350 (Ch), the termination of a side letter that allowed a tenant to pay a reduced rent was held to be a penalty and was not enforceable.
Ground rents in long leases of new-build flats and houses are big business. Developers such as Taylor Wimpey and Bellway Homes have recently been in the limelight over the sale of long leases of new-build flats and houses which contain ground rents that double every 10 years.