Disrepair to Property – New Obligations for Landlords
Paul Greatholder of Russell-Cooke reports that there is an obligation upon the tenant to return demised property at the end of the tenancy in a good state of repair. The problem with dilapidations disputes was that there was a perception that landlords were exaggerating their claims, thus leading to a failure to resolve disputes in a commercial way. The Civil Procedure Rules in 1999 was not designed to change the law, but to persuade parties who are in a dispute to take certain steps before issuing court proceedings to see if the dispute could be resolved, or at least any differences. The ‘persuasion’ arises from the risk that if a party chooses not to follow a protocol…..
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