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Jul
29
2020

Radical planning changes to come into Force
#Real Estate

From 1st September 2020 radical reforms will be made to the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987 (“the Use Classes Order”). The changes will be the biggest of their kind since the Use Classes Order was introduced over 30 years ago, and form part of a range of measures introduced by the Government to cut planning ‘red tape’ and allow greater flexibility of land-use to adapt to the changing needs of our high streets and communities....

Jul
28
2020

Local authority investment in commercial property criticised – but is this the way forward?
#Real Estate #Public Sector

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) published a report on 14 July on “Local Authority investment in commercial property”, ...

Jul
24
2020

Can I extend my property without getting permission?
#Real Estate

The Government has announced further changes to ‘Permitted Development Rights’ which will allow homeowners to add up to two additional storeys to their home through a fast track approval process, ...

Jul
20
2020

Is the retail sector about to “Turnover” a new lease?
#Real Estate

This week, it was reported that the Crown Estate has written to some of its tenants, offering them the option of paying a turnover rent. ...

Jul
20
2020

Women in Property: Leading Ladies Event
#Real Estate

The South East branch of Women in Property recently hosted a virtual “Leading Ladies” Event with guest speaker Kate Davies, CEO of Notting Hill Genesis who are one of the largest housing providers in the country. ...

Jul
20
2020

What are the challenges of the traditional office post COVID-19?
#Real Estate #Information Technology

The challenges of lockdown over the previous five months have been felt equally by both Landlords and Tenants; especially in relation to rental income....

Jul
13
2020

Check your Reservations on Right of Entry
#Real Estate

The recent Court of Appeal case of Rees -v- Windsor-Clive (2020) considered the interpretation of Landlord’s rights of entry reserved by a lease. The recent Court of Appeal case of Rees -v- Windsor-Clive (2020) considered the interpretation of Landlord’s rights of entry reserved by a lease....

Jul
08
2020

Tenant wins challenge against Landlord’s ‘conclusive’ service charge statement.
#Real Estate

In the recent case of Sara & Hossein Asset Holdings Ltd v Blacks Outdoor Retail Ltd [2020] EWHC 1263 (Ch), the High Court held that a tenant could challenge the service charge sums due under their lease, ...

Jul
07
2020

Duval Case: Beware the Breach of Covenant
#Real Estate

The Supreme Court’s decision in the case of Duval v 11-13 Randolph Crescent Ltd [2020] (Duval) is likely to have wide implications for landlords and tenants alike as it concerns the mutual enforceability of tenant covenants which is a standard provision in most modern leases....

Jul
07
2020

Short-term letting? Check your Tenant Lease before you Breach
#Real Estate

As the pandemic continues, those who own residential property may be looking to the future and considering whether there is money to be made by short-term lets (e.g. Airbnb) ...

Jun
25
2020

Radical Change Recommended for our High Streets
#Real Estate

When you think of all the things that Coronavirus has been blamed for over the last few months, few would have expected that it would be held responsible for saving our high streets. But the Grimsey Review entitled ‘Build Back Better’ published this month suggests......

Jun
03
2020

What will the “New Normal” for our offices look like?
#Real Estate #Construction

Real Estate Update – Feedback from our roundtable event on Thursday 21 May. Last month, Ruth Wilkinson, Shona Dunning and Simon Ralphs from our Construction and Real Estate teams hosted a virtual roundtable focusing on our return to the workplace post Covid-19. ...

Jun
01
2020

Will the Government’s proposed code of practice save our struggling commercial rental sector
#Real Estate

On the 29 May, the Government announced that it intends to publish a new code of practice to give clarity and reassurance to high street businesses and landlords over rent payments....

Jun
01
2020

Hart v Large - significant damages awarded for surveyor negligence
#Dispute Resolution #Real Estate

In the recent case of Hart & Hart v Large & others, the High Court awarded significant damages to a couple who had relied, in purchasing a £1.2m property, on a HomeBuyer report produced by a surveyor....

May
20
2020

Government help offered to developers
#Real Estate

On 13 May 2020, the Government published guidance for local authorities on Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) matters and outlined its proposals to introduce temporary amendments to the Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2010....

May
15
2020

Do landlords need Government protection too?
#Real Estate

In addition to the passing of the Coronavirus Act 2020 which introduced a three month moratorium on evictions of commercial tenants for non-payment of rent, the Government has provided further protection for commercial tenants......

May
11
2020

World Day for Safety and Health At Work 2020 – not just another day in the office!
#Real Estate #Construction

Last Tuesday (28 April) was World Day for Safety and Health at Work. Traditionally, this is the day each year when the International Labour Organisation (ILO) promotes safe, healthy and decent work surroundings....

Apr
17
2020

How will the Coronavirus affect my break rights?
#Real Estate

A commercial lease may include a ‘break clause’ allowing either the landlord or the tenant to terminate the lease early. The right to break may arise on one or more specified dates or it may operate on a rolling basis during the term......

Apr
06
2020

Should this be a period of pain-sharing for landlords and tenants?
#Real Estate

For retail occupiers, the coronavirus pandemic could not have come at a worse time. Although the government’s extension of the three-month ‘forfeiture moratorium’ to......

Mar
25
2020

Advice for tenants and landlords of commercial property if a tenant is struggling to pay their rent
#Real Estate

Wednesday 25 March 2020 is the next quarter day where most commercial leases will require a tenant to pay rent to their landlord for the period from 25 March 2020 to 23 June 2020......

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