James acts frequently for both landlord and tenant in a wide variety of disputes, with a focus on possession, service charges and forfeiture.
Recently he has:
- Drafted an application to the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) for determination of breach of covenant within a residential lease under the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002.
- Acted for the mortgagee bank in defence of an application by unauthorised tenants to suspend a warrant for eviction under the Mortgage Repossessions (Protection of Tenants etc) Act 2010.
- Drafted an application for a declaration that a landlord had unreasonably withheld its consent to proposed alterations to residential property under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954.
- Successfully defended an application to release funds from the Court Funds Office to a BVI-registered company following collective enfranchisement.
- Acted in dispute in First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) over whether an application for collective enfranchisement was ‘made’ in time for the purposes of s.24(1) of the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993.
- Frequently acted for landlords in possession claims based on forfeiture of valuable residential leases on grounds of non-payment of ground rent.