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Is Your Will Valid?

Is Your Will Valid?

“Death knocks at all doors alike” (John Dunton 1692) Sooner or later we must leave our families to face life without us, and of course these are particularly dangerous times for us all.  Make sure that your own affairs are in order now –  A valid...

Landlords and Tenants: Alert Level 1 and the New Eviction Rules

Landlords and Tenants: Alert Level 1 and the New Eviction Rules

“Only in our dreams are we free. The rest of the time we need wages” (Terry Pratchett) The flood of lockdown lay-offs and salary reductions has left many tenants struggling to find rent money, and their landlords wondering how to cover their bond repayments and other...

Home Businesses – Is Yours Legal?

Home Businesses – Is Yours Legal?

The sharp upsurge in businesses operating remotely as a result of the pandemic lockdowns means a lot more people working from home - most presumably in low-profile home offices, but inevitably some in the form of full-on business activities from home. What effect is...

Property: Don’t Pay Double Commission!

Property: Don’t Pay Double Commission!

“… in certain circumstances the principal may be liable to pay commission to both agents where it is impossible to distinguish between the efforts of one agent and another in terms of causality or degrees of causation.” (Extract from judgment below) With many property...

Options to Renew Leases – Risks for Landlords and Tenants

Options to Renew Leases – Risks for Landlords and Tenants

“It is only where the enforcement of a contractual term would be so unfair, unreasonable or unjust so as to be contrary to public policy that a court may refuse to enforce it” (extract from first  judgment below) Leases often give tenants an option to extend or...

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