Leasehold Update; Phillips v Francis – The Wait Continues

We were hoping to have reported on the decision of the Court of Appeal on this case, which you may recall considered the relevant ‘major works’ that applied before a landlord is obliged to follow statutory consultation procedures, i.e. in relation to whether any single lease holder had to contribute more than £250 towards single projects or the annual maintenance works expenditure as a whole. The High Court decision, which decided it was the annual works as a whole, caused widespread concern to landlords, leaseholders and in particular those having to manage blocks on an everyday basis.

Unfortunately, the Court of Appeal hearing due to take place on 14 and 15th May was adjourned, as the Treasury Solicitor applied to intervene. The hearing will now take place on 13th -15th October 2014.  We will monitor the situation and let you know any further developments and in particular when the Judgment has been made public.

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