The High Court has held that a landlord (as freehold owner) was liable to pay business rates for an empty property following disclaimer of the tenant’s lease.
The court has refused to make a costs order in circumstances in which all other matters had been disposed of by consent.
The Supreme Court has held that sewerage undertakers have an implied statutory right to discharge surface water and treated effluent from outfalls that were in existence before the coming into force of the Water Industry Act 1991 (WIA 1991).
The Court of Appeal has considered a landlord’s opposition to the lease renewal, of a business tenancy protected under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 (LTA 1954), on the basis of disrepair and breaches of covenant.
A conveyance gifting a plot of land contained a parcel clause that was unclear as to the boundaries. The Court of Appeal applied Liaquat Ali v Robert Lane  EWCA Civ 1532 and used the subsequent conduct of one of the original parties to the conveyance as evidence of the parties’ intentions. (Norman and another v Sparling  EWCA Civ 1152.)
The Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal, and upheld a judge’s decision that an expert determination was not valid or enforceable.
Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Payments) Regulations 2013: property aspects.
On appeal from the Central London County Court, Akenhead J in the Technology and Construction Court (TCC) has held that, on the facts, a deed entered into by the parties to address issues arising from the building owner’s development governed the parties’ dispute, not the dispute resolution provisions in section 10 of the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 (PWA 1996).
The High Court has held that a conclusive evidence clause in a deed purporting to be an indemnity indicated that the liability of the indemnifier under the deed was a primary liability – the deed was therefore an indemnity, not a guarantee.
Right to collective enfranchisement of garden and parking spaces, and scope of LVT’s discretion (Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber)).