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Apr
26
2013

Lease Renewal: Who Decides the Terms when Landlord and Tenant Cannot Agree?
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The landlord and the tenant will generally negotiate the terms of a lease on renewal, but if the parties cannot reach agreement, the court will decide on the terms....

Apr
09
2013

Disposing of Charity Property
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Where charity land is conveyed, transferred, leased of otherwise disposed of, the trustees of the charity must consider whether compliance with procedures in the Charities Act 2011 (‘The Charities Act`) is required. The Charities Act consolidates earlier legislation including the Charities Act 1993 and prescribes procedures for disposal of land owned by a charity and statements that must be included in the disposal documentation....

Mar
12
2013

Law Commission opens consultation on rights to light
#Real Estate

On the 18th February 2013 the Law Commission opened a consultation considering the current law relating to ‘rights to light`. The aim of the consultation was to strike a balance between the rights of landowners and the rights of those wishing to develop neighbouring land....

Mar
12
2013

Inheritance Tax Nil Rate Band to be frozen until 2019
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The government has announced that the inheritance tax nil rate band will remain frozen at £325,000 until at least April 2019...

Mar
11
2013

Break clauses - case law update
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Compliance with conditions in break clauses continues to be a difficult area which provides much work for litigators and in which there are frequent new Court decisions....

Jan
18
2013

Introduction to the Green Deal and how it works for commercial property
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The Green Deal was introduced under powers in the Energy Act 2011 and is a funding mechanism for energy efficiency improvements to property. The regulations come into force on 28 January 2013, the Green Deal being designed to help the government meet its carbon reduction targets without the need for consumers to pay up-front for energy efficiency measures. Instead, the works required to improve the energy efficiency of a property will be carried out by a Green Deal Provider and the occupier will pay for the measures under a Green Deal Plan, over time, as part of their energy bill....

Dec
24
2012

What is the meaning of "Good Estate Management"?
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It is not unusual for leases to contain an obligation on the landlord to manage the property "in accordance with the principles of good estate management" which seems to mean little more than "well". It may indicate that the company managing the property should have regard to issues of more than just its own profit but the phrase does not include or refer to any objective standards and there are certainly no "principles" published by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors or any other body....

Oct
18
2012

The Importance of Lasting Powers of Attorney
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Clients should always consider whether they or an elderly relative need to draw up a Lasting Power of Attorney....

Oct
04
2012

New Inheritance Tax Relief for charitable legacies in Wills
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From 6 April 2012, a new inheritance tax relief is available....

Jun
06
2012

What does Vacant Possession mean for a Tenant breaking its Lease?
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Many of you might have noticed the words "the Tenant will deliver up vacant possession of the Premises........" in a break clause in your lease. What does that actually mean?...

May
11
2012

Can I ask my business tenant to leave once the term of his lease has expired?
#Real Estate

Various considerations apply at the end of a business lease and a landlord should be aware of the following If the lease is not protected by the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 which means that the tenant has no statutory right to renew the lease or to remain in the premises at the end of the term, then the most straightforward way of ensuring that the tenant leaves is to write...

Mar
14
2012

HS2 and Compulsory Purchase
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On 10 January 2012, the Secretary of State for Transport announced the government`s long awaited decision on its proposals for High Speed 2 "HS2"....

Feb
06
2012

All change for the Intestacy Rules?
#Real Estate

When a person dies "intestate", that is without leaving a valid Will disposing of the whole of his or her property, the distribution of any money and other assets among surviving family members is governed by a set of legal rules known as the intestacy rules. These rules date back to 1925 and have not been comprehensively reviewed for over 20 years. At the end of last year however the Law Commission published its review of the rules (Law Com No 331) and draft legislation (the draft Inheritance and Trustees` Powers Bill and the draft Inheritance (Cohabitants) Bill) proposing a number of amendments including giving rights in intestacy to cohabiters equal to those of spouses and civil partners. But what do the proposed changes mean for you?...

Feb
03
2012

A Guarantor or not a Guarantor? That is the question.
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The vexed question as to the extent of a guarantor`s continued liability for a tenant proposing to assign its lease finally came before the Court of Appeal in K/S Victoria Street v House of Fraser (Stores Management) Ltd & others....

Feb
01
2012

Hurry! Get Stamp Duty Land Tax Relief before it disappears
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It is time to act if you are a first time buyer and would like to save up to £2,500 on the purchase of your first property. The Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) "holiday" announced by the Chancellor in his Budget on 24th March 2010 will end at midnight on the 24th March 2012. At present, first time buyers do not pay SDLT on purchases of up to £250,000. Beware - this first time buyer relief is time limited and will end soon....

May
24
2011

Transfer of private sewers and lateral drains to public ownership
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On 1st October 2011 it is anticipated that approximately 2,000 kilometers of privately- owned sewers and lateral drains in England will be transferred to water and sewerage companies ("WSC")....

Mar
09
2011

New Boost for Community Ownership - New Powers for Local Communities to Buy and Sell Property
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On 8 February the Government issued a press release announcing that local communities will have the ability to rent, sell or share community owned property purchased with monies received from Central Government, such as council buildings, shops and business parks....

Mar
03
2011

CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme - an overview
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The CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme (CRC) is the UK-wide mandatory emissions trading scheme, which applies to large businesses and public sector organisations and which came into operation on 1 April 2010....

Feb
24
2011

Just what is a chancel search?
#Real Estate

It may seem medieval that even now a private householder can be personally liable for paying for repairs to the chancel, being the eastern part of their local church, but it is a very real possibility....

Nov
11
2010

The Code for Leasing Business Premises in England and Wales 2007
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The Code for Leasing Business Premises in England and Wales 2007 (The Code) is the third edition of the Code published as a voluntary agreement between professional and industry bodies....

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