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New Code of Practice for commercial landlords and tenants

The government has published their long awaited Code of Practice governing relationships between commercial landlords and tenants during the current pandemic. The ability of tenants to pay rent has... Read full article

Landowners – new Telecoms Code now in force

The provisions of the new Electronic Communication Code, part of the Digital Economy Act 2017, are now – as of 28 December 2017 – up and running, affecting all landowners with telecoms equipment... Read full article

Mind the gap – making sure your property purchase doesn’t trip you up

It’s easy to assume that on the day you ‘complete’ on the purchase of the property you’re buying, you become the legal owner. Let the champagne corks fly and the celebrations begin! But you... Read full article

The new telecoms code – what does it mean for landowners?

A new draft code covering mobile phone and broadband infrastructure affecting all landowners with telecoms equipment on their land is to come into force, possibly as early as next year. The Digital... Read full article

Rent concession letters – making sure you get the wording right

A bitterly contested dispute between the iconic fashion designer, Vivienne Westwood, and the landlord of her flagship Mayfair shop has highlighted the importance of taking great care when it comes to... Read full article

Landlords – are you responsible for your tenants tobacco duty evasion?

Commercial landlords could be fined for failing to ensure their tenants are not breaking customs and excise rules – particularly the sale of illegal tobacco through retail outlets – if new... Read full article

Planning permission – don’t turn a blind eye to copyright

Buying a land with planning permission is a bonus so going on to develop it is simple and straightforward, right? Well, actually the answer is no, as a recent High Court decision shows, highlighting... Read full article

Vacant possession – could a partition wall get in the way?

The already murky waters of what vacant possession actually means in practice have been further muddied by a recent court case. Courts already tend to interpret the meaning of vacant possession on a... Read full article

Is your commercial property green enough to meet new laws?

t might sound ages away but from April 2018, it’s highly likely that commercial property landlords will be required by law to upgrade the energy efficiency of their properties, to at least band... Read full article

Dig out your deeds – voluntary land registration makes sense

Land and property bought and sold since 1990 is usually registered with the Land Registry, and the title stored electronically. But if you find that yours is not – possibly because it has never... Read full article

Tenants at will, holding over and what this means for commercial property landlords and tenants

The Court of Appeal has recently handed down a judgment in another case arising as a result of falling rents. Increasingly seen, since the recession, the case of Barclays Wealth Trustees (Jersey)... Read full article

Tenant’s break clause deemed invalid because of one minor breach of covenant

The High Court has ruled, in Sirhowy Investments v Henderson EWHC 3562 (Ch), that one minor breach of the repairing covenant, by a tenant, invalidated its break notice. This cost the tenant... Read full article

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UPDATE October 2020

We have now re-opened our branches to clients but all appointments and visits must be pre-booked to comply with government guidance.

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