Partner Shabnam Ali-Khan has written a column in The Times, addressing a homeowner's concern about selling her flats in the building while ensuring her neighbour is not burdened by smokers or short-term renters. Ali-Khan offers valuable insights into amending the lease as such and how it might affect the property value.
It is possible to put a no-smoking clause in the lease, and for the courts to enforce it, but it is more difficult to put a provision in the lease that you can’t sell to smokers, because it is difficult to define a smoker. Banning short-term lets is more straightforward. It is enforceable and has been enforced in reported cases. Legal advice is crucial.”
Shabnam Ali-Khan is in the property law and conveyancing team, specialising in lease extension and enfranchisement matters, primarily under the Leasehold Reform Housing and Urban Development Act 1993 working with a variety of clients ranging from high-net-worth individuals and companies to individual leaseholders and investor landlords.