Ackroyd Legal is a leading property law firm, based just on the fringe of the city of London. Our specialist property law solicitors have many years’ combined experience in dealing with property development disputes, and we act for developers as well as for landowners.
As development continues at an unprecedented level, especially within London, the changing landscape will often have an impact on neighbouring properties. If the neighbouring owners are unable to accept these changes, for example, if there is a breach of the right of light, this may give rise to a property development dispute.
Our dedicated team of property lawyers have an in-depth understanding of the London property market, as well as many years’ experience in upholding the interests of our clients with a view to achieving the most favourable outcome. Circumstances that may give rise to property development disputes include, but are not limited to:
Disputes over building alterations can arise between landlords and tenants, when landlords take control of any alterations to their property that is being leased to the tenant.
With most leasehold properties, the lease itself will refer to restrictions on building alterations. Some may be prohibited entirely, such as building on the land or knocking down interior walls to create an open-plan space.
Other types of building alterations may be permitted as long as the landlord gives consent, although if consent is refused this must be considered reasonable in all of the circumstances. If however the landlord is not reasonable in refusing consent, the tenant can apply to the court on the grounds that the refusal was unreasonable; and may in some circumstances even be able to claim financial compensation, known as damages.
If a tenant undertakes building alterations without the landlord’s consent, this can be actionable, and the landlord may apply for a civil remedy such as an injunction for the alterations to be reversed, or for financial compensation, known as damages, for what has occurred.
Disputes over building alterations can prove costly and very stressful for everyone involved, so the first step is to seek legal advice at the earliest opportunity. Ackroyd Legal is a leading London law firm, and we will be able to advise you based on the facts of your case, whether you are a landlord or a tenant. If you are entering into a new leasehold agreement, there are steps that you can take to prevent disputes over building alterations from arising, and we act for both landlords and tenants to keep things running smoothly. Please contact us, and a member of our team will be very happy to help you.
A party wall is a structure that is situated on the boundary between two properties and is serving both premises. Party wall disputes can arise in relation to both residential and commercial properties and often relate to building development and improvements, usually when work needs to be carried out around the party wall. This means that party wall disputes are becoming more common in London and other major cities, due to the level of construction in urban areas.
When it comes to party walls, the relevant legislation is the Party Wall Etc. Act 1996. If work needs to be carried out close to a party wall, it will usually be necessary to instruct a party wall surveyor, and a party wall notice will need to be served on the owner of the other property. Most issues can be resolved through communication, however major disputes can arise and are often linked to rules and procedures not being properly observed.
Ackroyd Legal operate a network of independent party wall specialist surveyors that can help.
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