Landlord & Tenant profile
James has an extensive and well-establsihed practice in landlord & tenant law, covering both residential and commercial leases including disrepair and dilapidations, nuisance, anti-social behaviour, unlawful sub-letting, lease renewals and claims for new leases under the Leasehold Reform, Housing & Urban Development Act 1993, rent reviews, service charge disputes (including declaratory relief), forfeiture and all claims for possession of land. He represents private individuals, commercial organisations, registered providers of housing and local authorities.
Throughout his career he has dealt with all aspects of litigation arising out of the Housing Acts of 1985 and 1988, claims to succession to tenancies and the grounds for possession under both acts. This includes claims based on alleged breaches of the tenancy agreement and also "no-fault" grounds for possession such as the termination of assured shorthold tenancies under the section 21 procedure. He has also successfully pursued public sector tenants under the Prevention of Social Housing Fraud Act 2014, secured significant financial compensation.
James has particular expertise in all disputes arising out of the 2004 tenancy deposit protection legislation both as originally enacted and after amendment under the Localism Act 2011, having appeared in a number of leading cases in this area.
An experienced commercial property advocate, James regularly represents clients in claims and applications under the Landlord & Tenant Act 1954. In particular, James has a wide experience of lease renewal claims (acting both for landlords and tenants) and dilapidations disputes.
James is a regular speaker at conferences and frequently gives in-house seminars to solicitors and housing professionals. He is an advisory editor to RICS Isurv Residential, and edits the Service Charges material on the Isurv web site.
News & Resources
The defendant council (LBHF) held a 25 year lease of a number of units in a fairly low-rent industrial estate close to Harlesden, west London. The lease contained a full repairing covenant.26th April 2017 Read more
Affordable Housing under fire?6th June 2016 Read more4th September 2014 Read more
On 1st May 2009 the defendant tenant entered into a 6 month assured shorthold tenancy of a flat.1st June 2013 Read more
Hot on the heels of the High Court judgment in Draycott v Hannells Letting Ltd  HLR 27 and of the Court of Appeal (CA) ruling in Tiensia v Vision Enterprises Ltd  EWCA Civ 1224,2nd July 2011 Read more19th June 2010 Read more