All change – introduction of new service charge requirements for commercial property

All change – introduction of new service charge requirements for commercial property In September 2018 RICS published a professional standards and guidance statement called “Service Charges in Commercial Property”.  This statement sets out benchmarks when dealing with service charges which […]

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Prepare to pay compensation – what you need to know before you instruct a Commercial Agent.

It can be common for a business to appoint an agent to conduct some of its affairs. It usually happens when a company wants to distribute its products in another country or simply in another region of the UK and […]

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Getting Construction Contracts Right

Construction contracts, usually in the form of a JCT or RIBA, are used so often and contain so much information that a lot of contractors will not pay proper attention to their contents. The temptation is to simply get on […]

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The continued pitfalls of residential lettings

Despite new legislation affecting assured shorthold tenancies (AST) coming into force in 2015 and 2016, landlords are still falling foul of certain requirements. If a residential property is let to a tenant under an AST and the law hasn’t been […]

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Property Litigation Case Law Update – June 2017

Sutton and East Surrey Water Plc -v- Kilby [2017] UK UT 248 [LC] This recent decision from the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) is a reminder to land owners that restrictive covenants are not always enforceable and those seeking to enforce […]

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Vacant possession – an unachievable goal?

Case Law Update RIVERSIDE PARK LTD V NHS PROPERTY SERVICES LIMITED [2016] EWHC 1313 (CH) Until fairly recently it has been a standard condition of a break clause that the tenant needs to provide vacant possession on the break date. […]

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Pubs Code Regulations 2016

It will be interesting to see how the tied leasehold pub market will be affected if the Pubs Code Regulations 2016 come into force in May this year as anticipated. There is concern in the market that brewery landlords might […]

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Right to rent checks

Following the Immigration Act 2014, the burden on landlords has increased yet further. Private landlords of residential premises are now obliged to check the immigration status of a prospective tenant before entering into an AST. The checks have to be […]

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Property Case Law Update: October 2015

Bush v Summit Advances Ltd Be careful how you word your report. This High Court case at first makes for pleasing reading for professionals; it is a failed claim against a valuer. In this claim, the Claimant argued that the […]

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Property Legal Update: September 2015

Wood v Waddington [2015] EWCA Civ 538 A reminder of the dangers of failing to expressly include rights in a transfer. In this case the owners were saved on appeal by section 62 of the Law of Property Act 1925, […]

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