Ferbrache & Farrell LLP’s corporate department offers full service corporate, banking and commercial cover and is able to advise on all aspects of Guernsey corporate and commercial law, including banking and finance, regulatory, investment funds, asset management and listings on The International Stock Exchange (TISE).
The dispute resolution department at Ferbrache & Farrell LLP has vast experience of local and international litigation and dispute resolution generally, gained from acting in complex local and international high-value disputes, both in Guernsey and throughout the world.
The Guernsey property department is dedicated to providing tailored solutions that meet and exceed clients’ expectations. In addition, the property department provides support to colleagues in the corporate and dispute resolution departments on real estate-related technical points of law.
We are delighted to help in relation to providing legal advice for real estate in England and Wales. We listen. We learn what your needs are. We proactively respond. Whether it’s personal or commercial property, we always provide sound and pragmatic advice, adding value to the transaction.
Our services for private client matters include the drafting of realty and personalty wills, obtaining Grants of Probate, acting as professional executors and assisting foreign lawyers who have requirements in this jurisdiction.
The UK Government’s Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities has advised that a new ‘How To Rent’ guide will be issued on Monday 2 October 2023.
It is a legal requirement to serve a ‘How to Rent’ guide, as it forms part of the prescribed information landlords must issue. If they do not, they lose the right to repossess using Section 21.
Letting agents and private landlords are obliged to serve the latest version of the guide at the start of any new tenancy, and also on renewal (when a statutory periodic tenancy).
The previous update was only in March 2023, and included legal changes and requirements for carbon monoxide alarms to be fitted in every room with a fixed fuel-burning appliance.
This latest update will be the second update this year and is expected to include reference to the much-debated Housing Loss Prevention Advice Service, which replaces the Housing Possession Court Duty Schemes (HCPDS), and allows tenants to access legal advice if they are at risk of losing their home. It worth pointing out that the previous scheme was only available on the day of the hearing, so the change ensures a better access to legal support in housing matters for the tenants.
The UK government statement states: “The service enables anyone at risk of losing their home or facing possession proceedings to get free legal advice, and representation in court, regardless of their financial circumstances.”
This advice can be provided once the tenant has evidence they are at risk of possession proceedings. The legal advice can cover a vast range of issues including repossession claims, rent arrears, problems with welfare benefits payments, disrepair, and other concerns with housing conditions, including debt concerns.
If you need any further information or legal advice, including conveyancing of a property in England, contact our designated UKRE team, comprising Anna Douglass, Alastair Hargreaves, Naledi Odiseng and Caren Vidamour.
Ferbrache & Farrell LLP is an independent law firm in Guernsey. Our practice areas include corporate, property, dispute resolution and private client. The ethos of Ferbrache & Farrell LLP is our people-led culture and commitment to delivering a premier, partner-led, personal and cost-effective service to our clients.