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Private Landlords should respond to the latest major threat to the stability of the Private Rented Sector Yesterday the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) released the much anticipated consultation into the plan to abolish section 21 of the Housing Act 1988, ‘A new deal for renting: resetting the balance of rights and responsibilities between landlords […]

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Too little, too late… Does an Adjudicator’s failure to consider a witness statement amount to a breach of natural justice? J J Rhatigan & Co (UK) Limited – and – Rosemary Lodge Developments Limited Introduction Despite finding that the Adjudicator had failed to consider witness evidence, the Court enforced an Adjudicator’s decision on the basis that […]

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By Stephen Dawson, James Wood-Robertson, Nick Iliff, Bhavesh Amlani, James Klein Following the government’s 2050 net zero carbon pledge, it has now published the Green Finance Strategy. The government recognises that to meet the 2050 target it will require ‘unprecedented levels of investment in green and low carbon technologies, services and infrastructure’. It is therefore […]

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