GHP Insights

News, Q&As and Press Releases From Our Team

Q&A - Commercial tenant disappeared during COVID lockdown and has not paid rent since. Can I use CRAR to get the bailiffs in?

Q:    My commercial tenant abandoned his shop and disappeared when the first coronavirus lockdown hit in March. Using the CRAR procedure I am now considering instructing bailiffs to seize goods from the premises to cover the accrued rent arrears. Due to COVID-19, are there any specific legal issues regarding this?

Read more

Q&A - Must house sale profits be split 50/50 if I paid the mortgage after my ex left?

Q:    I split from my ex 2 years ago. He moved out and I stayed in the home we shared. We were not married but we bought the house together and I have paid for everything on my own since he went. However, his name is still on the mortgage, despite him not paying a penny since we split. If I sell the house will he still get 50%?

Read more

Q&A - COVID home working and schooling is making my partner abusive. Please help me.

Q:    My partner has worked from home since last year because of coronavirus. As I am having to home-school our three young children it is really stressful because my partner is on the phone a lot and expects me to keep the children quiet. He flies off the handle and takes everything out on me. I try not to antagonise him, but I am becoming terrified of what he might do to me when the children have gone to bed. He is verbally abusive, tells me I am stupid and useless, and on a couple of occasions he has hit me. I don’t know what to do as we need his income and a roof over our heads, and he isn’t likely to leave. Can you advise me please?

Read more

Q&A - If we co-habit to beat COVID-19 lockdown solitude can I protect my assets?

Q:    I live in Wales and my girlfriend lives in Shropshire. We have been going out for a year, but due to COVID lockdown restrictions we have physically seen very little of each other. Because of this my girlfriend wants to move in with me. However, I am concerned that living together so soon could be for the wrong reasons, to beat the rules. Also, I own my own house and she does not. If she moves in and things don’t work out, could she make any claim on my property?

Read more

Q&A - What are the pitfalls of buying a business during the COVID pandemic?

Q:    I have been made redundant following an initial period of furlough. As my pay-out was substantial, I have decided to work for myself. Rather than set up a business from scratch, I am looking at buying a small business that is already established as I think there may be some good opportunities, such as where the current business owner cannot find a necessary cash injection, or perhaps has decided to retire early due to unwanted pressures of the COVID situation. Obviously, there will be pitfalls in buying at the moment so can you give me some pointers?

Read more

Q&A - Can I carry annual leave over if I did not take it due to COVID-19?

Q:    I have been working from home since March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. As many other staff were furloughed, I have literally not taken any time off except for bank holidays, in order to cover their jobs.

Read more

Q&A - Can ex-wife apply to the Court for more money even though we are divorced?

Q:    After I came home unexpectedly and found my wife in our bed with another man, we split up and she went to live with this other chap. We lived apart for two years and then got a quickie divorce to keep costs down. I stayed in the house and took over the mortgage which I increased to give her half the equity. The decree absolute came through, and that was that - or so I thought.

Read more

Q&A - How can an ex-wife make a financial claim on her former spouse after getting a Decree Absolute?

Q:    The pressure of COVID lockdowns and home working has ended our marriage. As there is no animosity I was planning to move out, rent somewhere and leave my wife to sell the house. Then after two years living apart, we can apply for a divorce on those grounds, get our Decree Absolute and get on with our lives.

Read more

Q&A - How can we be liable for rent arrears and damage incurred after our son left student house?

Q: Our son started university in October but came home in November as he was uncomfortable with the behaviour of his housemates and their lack of respect for the COVID-19 rules.

Read more

Q&A - How does sexual harassment in the workplace get dealt with when the workplace is home?!

Q:    When the first coronavirus lockdown began everyone in our department was asked to work from home and we have continued to do this. However, I am getting stressed because my line manager has become ‘over-friendly’, especially in one-to-one zoom meetings. His recent behaviour could even be termed ‘suggestive’. I have tried, very politely, to ward him off, but he says he is just building a close relationship with me so that he can give me a good report that will help if the firm makes redundancies. Working from home there are no witnesses, it is just my word against his. Could I record our conversations as proof?

Read more