Property Development Disputes
Stirling 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.
London, our changing city
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.
Years of experience and know how
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:
- Adverse possession
- Boundary disputes
- Party wall disputes
- Restrictive covenants
- The right of light
If you are involved in any kind of development dispute, we can help. Please contact us to discuss your situation and we will be very happy to help you.
Disputes Over Building Alterations
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.
Consent given from Landlord
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.
Building alterations without consent
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.
Let us take out the stress
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. Stirling 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.
Party Wall Disputes
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 to instruct a surveyor
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.
Call us should you need a surveyor
Stirling Ackroyd Legal operate a network of independent party wall specialist surveyors that can help
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Stirling Ackroyd Legal is a leading law firm based in London with an in-house team of specialist property solicitors, who hold a thorough knowledge and understanding of the London property market. We can provide sound legal advice and guide you through all aspects of dealing with a party wall dispute, as well as represent your interests if negotiations break down and it becomes necessary to take action. Please contact us and a member of our team will be very happy to help you.
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