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Richard Hamilton – Partner and Head of Property at Davis Blank Furniss


Davis Blank Furniss, the Manchester and Glossop based law firm, offers a wide range of services for both the business and private sectors.  Its business specific services include, amongst other things, representation in; commercial and corporate law, insolvency, employment and dispute resolution.  On the private side, the firm offers advice on: property, family, personal injury and wills and probate.


Richard Hamilton is a Partner and Head of Property.  Richard deals with all aspects of commercial and residential property, including; commercial property sales and leases, commercial leases, lender security work, Option Agreements, SIPP and SASS transfers and nationwide sales and purchases and re-mortgages of residential properties.

Richard Hamilton – Head of the Property team at Davis Blank Furniss – on the MEES Regulations and domestic property.

What are the MEES regulations? The Energy Efficiency Regulations are designed to tackle the least energy-efficient properties in England and Wales – being those rated F or G on their Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). The MEES regulations restrict landlords of domestic property from granting tenancies for properties which fall below the minimum energy efficiency standard. Landlords will also be prohibited from continuing pre-existing tenancies, after 1st April 2020 if the property falls below this standard. How will tenants benefit from the Regulations? An energy efficient home will reduce the cost of energy bills for tenants; and in particular the elderly and vulnerable during the winter months. Properties falling below the energy-efficiency standard contribute to avoidable greenhouse gas emissions, therefore increasing the energy efficiency of properties would go some way in counteracting this problem. What are the benefits for landlords? Energy efficient residential properties can reduce the long term maintenance costs...
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Legal Q&A - Can I sell my ex tenant's belongings?

Richard Hamilton – Head of Property at Davis Blank Furniss – answers this interesting query. Question: I am the freehold owner of a building that is used as a workshop. Until recently, the building was occupied by an individual under a tenancy at will. Suddenly, and without warning, the tenant vacated the building but left behind various tools. He did not give any notice to me and has not left any forwarding address. Rent was paid in cash and I have no official record or other means to trace the tenant.  I would like to try and recover the small amount of rent due and I want to get on with reletting the building. What should I do about the tools? They are bulky and I do not want the cost or responsibility of storing them. I would prefer to sell them and keep the money as compensation for the...
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Legal Q&A

Richard Hamilton – Head of Property at Davis Blank Furniss – answers this commonly asked question. I am the landlord of a long residential lease.  The tenant has temporarily moved out of the flat while decorative works are carried out. The tenant is in substantial arrears of rent and the lease contains a right to forfeit for non-payment of rent. The tenant has confirmed in writing that the arrears are due and owing. Can I exercise the right to forfeit by peaceable re-entry?     Answer: In principle, a landlord can re-enter a residential premises which he or she reasonably believes the tenant has ceased to occupy.  It would be advisable to do this by court proceedings if there is any uncertainty as it is a criminal offence to forfeit by peaceable re-entry if the tenant is lawfully in occupation. If the landlord has reasonable grounds to believe that the...
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What can Property Investors expect in the new financial year?

Richard Hamilton – Head of Property at Davis Blank Furniss – talks about what property investors can expect in the new financial year: Richard, how are things looking in the marketplace right now? Well, the new financial year has just begun so time will tell if doom and gloom or concern will return to the property sector thanks to Brexit and the much talked about interest rate rises or if the market remains positive with returns to be made. I feel pretty confident though! What’s your view on prices? Despite the uncertainty surrounding Brexit and the economic effect it will have, property prices have remained resilient. 2017 was a year of growth in property values. Looking at various mortgage lender’s statistics, in 2017 a typical home grew by an average of just over £7,000, based on an average price of £220,000. The common belief for 2018 is that growth nationally...
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Covenant Consent

  Covenant consent is required when there is a provision in the title deeds requiring the consent of a third party to a property extension or alteration.  This is very common. A covenant is a legally binding promise to do something (a positive covenant) or not to do something (a restrictive covenant).  If you require any help or assistance in relation to Covenants, please contact Richard via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 0161 832 3304 quoting JDP.  Richard Hamilton – Head of Property at Davis Blank Furniss – discusses Covenant Consent. If you are a homeowner or you are in the process of acquiring a new home, you need to ensure that you fully understand any covenants that are included in your legal title that could prevent you from performing certain actions on the land (Restrictive Covenants) or which compel you to take certain actions (Positive Covenants.). This blog relates to...
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