Keeping good neighbourly relations is important but sometimes disputes do develop and addressing them early can help to resolve them swiftly and without creating further animosity. Boundary disputes and issues about the maintenance of fences and walls can escalate into problems, especially when there are common myths about which side a property has to maintain and even more confusion when title documents and plans are silent on the issue. If you are experiencing any such problems and would like to have an initial chat with one our solicitors about your options please contact our Litigation Department on 01273 582271.
My name is Sarah Rebello and I am Trainee Solicitor with Barwells Solicitors. I started my Training Contract in September 2018, alongside my Legal Practice Course (LPC), and I am currently 3 months away from completing it and, hopefully, qualifying! Once qualified my hope is that I will practice in the litigation department and I would especially like to specialise in property related disputes. As with pretty much the entire population of the UK the last 2 months have been very unsettling and completely unprecedented. When lockdown first happened I did not automatically think what impact this would have on my Training Contract but as time went on and home working became the new normal I had to reflect, and with the support of my Supervisor, decide on how I could continue with my training and be supervised remotely. To say it has been a learning curve is an understatement but by embracing new technology, such as Zoom and collaborative working online, I have been lucky enough to finish my LPC and continue my Training Contract.
With the rules on lockdown starting to ease gradually, looking ahead to the approaching deadline which may see the lifting of the stay on issuing eviction proceeding, it is important that Landlords are aware of a new rule which comes into force today on the need to supply an electrical safety certificate in certain private rented accommodation. The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 applies to specified new tenancies which commence on or after the 1st July 2020 including renewals and in relation to all existing tenancies the deadline for compliance is the 1st April 2021.