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Renting Out Your Home on AirBnB Without Legal Advice is a Grave Mistake

23rd February, 2021 By

Many tenants who forego legal advice before subletting their homes to tourists and other short-term visitors do so in blissful ignorance that they may well be breaching the terms of their leases. That was certainly so in the case of a flat dweller whose use of AirBnB placed the roof over his head in jeopardy. After receiving complaints from the man's neighbours, his landlord took action before the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) and obtained a declaration under the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002 that he had breached covenants in his...

Given a Raw Deal by a Divorce Judge? Don't Just Sit on Your Hands

18th February, 2021 By

Many divorcees feel that judges have given them a raw deal when dividing up marital assets. They may or may not be right about that but, as one case strikingly showed, it makes much better sense for them to seek swift professional advice than to sit on their hands dwelling on what might have been. The case concerned a middle-aged couple whose relationship lasted for almost 15 years and resulted in two children prior to their divorce. Their assets comprised over £400,000 yielded from the sale of their former matrimonial...

COVID-19 – Ruling Underlines Desperate Impact on Care Home Residents

15th February, 2021 By

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, it is becoming increasingly hard to see where the balance of harm lies between the risk of exposing care home residents to a life-threatening virus and compromising their most basic quality of life. The Court of Protection made that point in coming to the aid of a man whose contact with his beloved wife was restricted to conversations through a barely ajar window. The 58-year-old woman's relationship with her husband had endured for 40 years. A music lover who was extremely well travelled, she enjoyed life...

Caring Restaurateur Relieved of £60,000 Tax Return Late Filing Penalties

10th February, 2021 By

Those who deliberately delay filing their tax returns risk incurring severe financial penalties. However, the tax regime leaves room for mercy and, in relieving a hard-pressed restaurateur of more than £60,000 in penalties, the First-tier Tribunal (FTT) took account of her caring responsibilities for a succession of sick and elderly relatives. The woman managed an extensive family restaurant business. She explained her delay in filing her returns in respect of two tax years by the fact that she was at the relevant time primary carer for her father and parents-in-law,...