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Commercial landlords and tenants: lease renewals

As lockdown restrictions are slowly eased, and businesses start to re-open, landlords and tenants will start to discuss lease renewals. Protected v Unprotected Leases Protected leases grant tenants the benefit of what is called ‘security of tenure’ under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 (the Act), allowing them the statutory right to remain in occupation […]

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Leasehold Reform: enfranchisement receives a new lease of life

Having finished its consultation on reforms to leasehold law, the Law Commission has made a number of recommendations, and the Government’s Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick, recently announced new measures with which they hope to bring fairness to the leasehold housing market. What is the difference between freehold property and leasehold property? Freehold: this is the […]

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The Consumer Code for Home Builders

The Consumer Code for Home Builders (the Code) is a set of requirements which home builders must meet, in order to achieve the core aims of the industry led scheme; to provide protection and rights to new home purchasers. These are accomplished through the encouragement and enhancement of transparency throughout a conveyancing transaction, thus enabling […]

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New ‘Use Classes’: Town and Country Planning

Changes to the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987 took effect (in England) on 1 September 2020. The changes abolish use classes A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, B1, D1 and D2 and introduce new use classes in their place. These are as follows: New Class E – “Commercial, Business and Service” includes retail, […]

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Covid tenant protection provisions – what next?

The government has introduced and then extended protection for tenants as part of the unprecedented provisions to soften the impact of Covid-19. This principally means that, until 30 September 2020, to recover rent from a defaulting tenant, landlords cannot resort to the usual steps of commencing recovery proceedings, forfeiting the lease or applying for wind […]

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Residential Conveyancing: Stamp Duty, what to expect

Stamp Duty The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announced on 8 July 2020 that there will be no stamp duty payable on property purchases up to £500,000. Stamp duty land tax is a tax paid when you purchase a piece of land or property in England or Northern Ireland. Scotland and Wales have their own systems. The […]

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The Business and Planning Bill

The Government has now laid the Business and Planning Bill before Parliament which includes more details of the planning measures, outlined in our previous blog ‘New planning measures to boost construction post lock down’. Extending the Implementation Deadline of Full Planning Permissions Full permissions in England which are subject to conditions which require development to […]

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New planning measures to boost construction industry post lockdown

Extending Planning Permission Deadlines All planning permissions include a planning condition which requires work to begin within a specified period of time. For full planning permissions this period is usually three years from the date of the planning permission. Outline planning permissions usually require reserved matters to be submitted within three years of the date […]

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Are your lease terms reasonable?

There has been a code for leasing commercial property since 2007, which acts as a guide for setting out key terms that are considered reasonable in the market. In February 2020, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) published a new code to reflect the modernisation of commercial lease terms over the past 13 years. […]

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Stay on possession and enforcement proceedings extended to 23rd August

Renters across England and Wales have been granted a further reprieve from any possible evictions after the government announced that the moratorium on residential possession claims and evictions is to be extended until 23 August 2020. The extension applies to both private and public sector landlords. The Civil Procedure (Amendment No. 2) (Coronavirus) Rules 2020, […]

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