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Feb
08
2016

New requirements for landlords to check immigration status of tenants
#Dispute Resolution #Real Estate

From 1 February 2016, landlords of residential properties are now required to carry out ‘right to rent’ checks on prospective tenants to ensure that they have the right to live in the UK before granting a tenancy. Failure to carry out the requisite checks can leave landlords liable to pay a fine of up to £3,000....

Feb
05
2016

A Flood of Claims
#Real Estate

Abigail, Desmond, Frank, and Henry and their relatives have already visited our shores. Their North American cousin, Jonas, has been and gone. ...

Feb
05
2016

Business Rates
#Real Estate

Commercial Property owners should be aware that the empty property rate relief scheme for newly built commercial property will end on 30 September 2016. ...

Jan
12
2016

What to expect for 2016
#Clarkslegal #Construction #Corporate #Dispute Resolution #Employment #UK Immigration #Real Estate #Commercial

Clarkslegal has produced a guide on ‘What to expect for 2016’ which clearly sets out all the forthcoming legislative changes, which we hope you find useful in planning your year ahead. ...

Jan
08
2016

The street food revolution!
#Real Estate

New street food markets continue to open across the UK at a rapid pace with many new food trucks and vendors opening each week. How can landlords, developers and food entrepreneurs take advantage of this trend and how is the sector evolving? ...

Dec
04
2015

Can you recover rent after exercising a break clause?
#Dispute Resolution #Real Estate

As any commercial landlord or tenant knows, rent is usually payable quarterly in advance. However what happens if you have paid rent for a full quarter but you are able to end your lease by serving a break notice that takes effect during the course of that quarter. Are you entitled to the return of rent relating to the period after the end of the lease?...

Dec
03
2015

Rent Reviews- are you being treated fairly?
#Real Estate

The subject of rent review is immensely complex and many articles and books have been written solely on this topic. In this short article we are highlighting rent review points from two recent transactions where we have acted for the prospective tenants and were asked to advise whether the wording of the rent review clauses had a disadvantageous effect on the tenants in question....

Oct
27
2015

What happens to a sublease when the headlease is surrendered and what is the position when the headlease is forfeited or disclaimed?
#Real Estate

Where a headlease is surrendered the intermediate tenant under the headlease falls away and the tenant under the sublease becomes the direct tenant of the superior landlord. This means that the premises will continue to be occupied by the tenant on the terms of the sublease....

Oct
05
2015

Business Rates – What a Relief!
#Real Estate

Some long awaited news on the future of Business Rates was today revealed by George Osborne at the Conservative Party conference....

Sep
07
2015

Application of property rates to two separate floors of a building
#Real Estate

The Supreme Court has held that two floors within the same building that do not immediately adjoin each other will be rated separately rather than as a single hereditament in Woolway v Mazars [2015]....

Aug
17
2015

Drive-through supermarkets – convenience gone mad?
#Real Estate

It was recently announced that Amazon are proposing to test a new drive-through grocery store concept in the USA. The venture would possibly be an extension of Amazon Fresh which delivers groceries to restaurants and individuals on a same day order to door basis. ...

Jul
28
2015

Landowner obligations in respect of tenant’s waste and fly-tipping
#Real Estate

Figures suggest that fly-tipping – the illegal deposit of waste – is on the up after years of decline, with a 20% increase in fly-tipping since 2012/13. A costly concern for landowners, it is estimated that fly-tipping on private land costs of as much between £50m and £150 million to clear up each year. This note, gives a brief overview of some of the issues to aware of ....

Jul
27
2015

Historic Rent Reviews: A Warning for Tenants
#Real Estate

We have recently been asked whether a landlord is able to operate historic rent reviews. The lease in question was a lease granted in 1999 for a term of 15 years, expiring at the end of December 2013 and within the protection of the renewal provisions of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954. The tenant is still in occupation, holding over under the 1954 Act....

Jul
08
2015

Private Parking – Court of Appeal Upholds Penalty
#Real Estate

The balance between private landowners and motorists in the parking arena has shifted in recent years. The Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 (the 2002 Act) brought in by the Coalition government outlawed private clamping but permitted landowners to obtain the details of the registered keepers of vehicles from the DVLA. ...

Jul
01
2015

Clicks to Bricks. Do e-retailers need a high street presence?
#Real Estate

The UK is one of the world’s biggest internet shoppers with almost £1 in every £8 now being spent online. This year we are expected to outspend the Americans by disposing of nearly £1,200 per person on the web....

May
27
2015

When is a coffee shop not a coffee shop?
#Real Estate

In the recent article “A glass of wine at Starbucks? Is diversification the answer for retailers?” we explored the growing number of retailers seeking to diversify their offering to increase customer numbers and improve profits....

Apr
30
2015

Rent Deposits – A brief overview
#Real Estate

A rent deposit is money provided by a tenant to its landlord as security for payment of the rent and performance of the tenant’s covenants contained in the lease. A rent deposit deed will specify the circumstances in which the landlord can draw on this money and the conditions that must be satisfied for the deposit to be repaid to the tenant. ...

Apr
24
2015

Build! Build! Build! (and other real estate election pledges)
#Real Estate

Last week saw the launch of five of the main UK political party manifestos. Rarely read in detail by the voting public these tomes are often used to set out headline grabbing promises in the hope that they may sway the floating voter. ...

Mar
30
2015

Decision on whether a publicly accessible beach could be registered as town or village green
#Real Estate

A recent Supreme Court case has provided clarification to landowners on whether a beach within a harbour can be registered as a town or village green....

Mar
19
2015

A glass of wine at Starbucks? Is diversification the answer for retailers?
#Real Estate

It is not a new idea for retailers to seek to diversify their consumer offering in an attempt to encourage consumer activity. Sometimes it succeeds and sometimes it fails....

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