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By sfb solicitors, Jul 29 2019 12:40PM

Summerfield Browne Solicitors has now represented numerous clients of the notorious business rate company RVA Surveyors.


Our latest victory is mentioned in the article below.


https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/forgery-misrepresentation-big-bills-welcome-17795690


We are now asking for victims of RVA Surveyors to come forward with a view to bringing a group action against the company.


Legal action is being planned against RVA Surveyors in relation to the contracts that they have allegedly entered.


Our dedicated web page below gives details of how we can help and a contact form for you to leave your details.


Proposed group action against RVA Surveyors


Summerfield Browne have offices in Leicester, Birmingham, London, Oxford, Cambridge and Market Harborough and assist with cases all over the UK.



By sfb solicitors, Jul 5 2019 03:47PM

We had great news yesterday for one of our clients who was embroiled in a bitter battle with RVA Surveyors. They had taken her to court in relation to an unpaid invoice and the case was heard in the Yeovil County Court.


Our client’s barrister successfully argued that the agreement that RVA Surveyors was relying on was void and the Judge sided with our client. The Judge rescinded the contract, and this means that our client will no longer have to pay any more of RVA Surveyors’ invoices. In our client’s case this means that she will not have to pay years’ and years’ worth of invoices. This alone would have been fantastic news for our client, but our client was also awarded legal costs.


RVA Surveyors are based in Manchester but we understand that businesses up and down the country have been targeted by this company.


If you find yourself in a dispute with RVA Surveyors and want urgent legal advice regarding county court proceedings, we have a team of legal professionals that are ready to assist. Business rates relief is there to benefit small businesses and was NOT put in place to benefit companies like RVA Surveyors.


Contact our team on 01858 414284 or email enquiries@summerfieldbrowne.com


Summerfield Browne have offices in Leicester, Birmingham, London, Oxford, Cambridge and Market Harborough.


By sfb solicitors, Jun 13 2019 12:38PM

Are you a letting and managing agent with client landlords who are in rent arrears? If so you will need to think about how to assist your client landlord, otherwise you may be in breach of contract with them.


There are in general two options for a landlord, namely obtaining possession of the property and/ or recovering the rent arrears. In order to seek possession of the property it is necessary to serve Notice seeking possession of a property let on an Assured Shorthold Tenancy under section 21 Housing Act 1988, on the tenant stating that they must vacate the property by a certain date.


If the property is not vacated within the specified timescale then the landlord will need to instigate appropriate action for a claim in the County Court for possession of the property together with an order for payment of the arrears that are due. We can assist letting and managing agent’s client landlords with this service at a very cost effective fee structure.


Contact our property dispute team on 01858 414284 or email enquiries@summerfieldbrowne.com


Summerfield Browne have offices in Leicester, Birmingham, London, Oxford, Cambridge and Market Harborough.


By sfb solicitors, Jun 12 2019 09:22AM

RVA Surveyors sign up businesses with an offer to recover overpaid rates and secure a reduction in future business rates, for a percentage of any sums recovered which is usually 45% plus VAT.


Whilst most businesses are happy to pay a one-off fee what they do not realise and what is not made clear before entering into a contract, is that they are often signing up to a minimum of a 5-year contract, with payments to be paid annually.


What many small businesses are not often aware of is that with effect from 1 April 2017 any small business occupying premises already in receipt of small business rate relief (“SBRR”) were no longer required to re-apply for it. Therefore, the relief is automatic.


Within the small print of the contract it usually states ““The fee will be payable whether or not RVA is shown to be the effective cause of any such reduction in the rateable value (including any repayment of rates, relief, reliefs and refunds).”


If you have any concerns regarding your business rates, please contact Summerfield Browne Solicitors


Summerfield Browne have offices in Leicester, Birmingham, London, Oxford, Cambridge and Market Harborough.


By sfb solicitors, Jun 6 2019 10:07AM

Summerfield Browne Solicitors have recently assisted two clients living in Leicestershire to obtain an injunction against the owners of a neighbouring property in relation to nuisance parking.


In a boundary dispute of this nature the first thing to do is speak to your neighbour regarding the problem. In our case the clients live in a cul-de-sac of houses that are accessed by driving up a narrow-shared driveway that leads from the main road to our clients’ property. The shared driveway leading to six different properties.


If neighbourly relations have broken down the next step is to write to the neighbours outlining the problems being encountered. Our clients instructed us to write letters to their neighbours explaining that the parking of vehicles in front of their property was causing an obstruction to our clients’ rights of access and meant that our clients could not drive onto the shared driveway without encountering an obstruction (namely a parked car). The continuous parking of cars by the neighbours was causing a nuisance to our clients.


In our clients’ case despite receiving our letters and responding to the letters the neighbours continued to park so as to obstruct our clients’ access and court proceedings were issued for injunctive relief. Applying for an injunction is not a step to be taken lightly and our clients obtained detailed legal advice from us and painstakingly gathered the required evidence to support the application for the injunction.


At the court hearing we put forward a strong case that the neighbours had obstructed our clients’ right to access their property and the Judge agreed to grant an injunction prohibiting parking on the land in question. The injunction will mean that our clients have unimpeded access to their driveway and that if cars are parked on the land in question by the neighbours the neighbours would be in breach of the injunction and face possible criminal sanctions.


The clients are happy with the injunction which will mean that their neighbours will no longer be able to park wherever they like.


If you have concerns regarding your neighbours and believe that your rights have been infringed, please give us a call today for specialist property legal advice.


Summerfield Browne have offices in Leicester, Birmingham, London, Oxford, Cambridge and Market Harborough.

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