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Blog archive: October, 2019

Tenants fee at 2019 reminder

Since the 1st June 2019 the Tenant Fees Act 2019 prohibits letting fees paid by tenants in the private rental sector and also caps tenancy deposits. The aim is to prevent landlords from charging tenants for anything other than rent, a tenancy deposit and a holding deposit. There are other permitted payments including interest charges, …

Tenants fee at 2019 reminder

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Minimum energy efficiency standards – Residential property guidelines

Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) came into force on 1 April 2016 under the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015.  This also applies to residential buildings, required to have an EPC. Landlords are required to carry out energy improvement works to properties with an EPC rating of less than “E” in …

Minimum energy efficiency standards – Residential property guidelines

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Retail CVAs: Do they ‘unfairly prejudice’ landlords?

Partner Mike Lewis at Sherrards explores the effect of CVAs on landlords. With consumers reducing their spending on non-essential items, retailers are experiencing a tough trading environment on the high street. Many retailers are entering into Company Voluntary Arrangements (CVAs) to give them some respite. Since 2017, CVA’s have been used by large retailers such …

Retail CVAs: Do they ‘unfairly prejudice’ landlords?

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Can you Extinguish a Right of Way Through an Informal Agreement?

This is the third of several case studies that partner Mike Lewis & Associate Ben Walters covered in their recent talk at Heathrow Airport for 80 surveyors as part of their CPD training. The recent case of Pezaro v Bourne highlights the fact that landowners need to ensure that informal agreements between them need to be documented. …

Can you Extinguish a Right of Way Through an Informal Agreement?

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My Solicitor Apprenticeship

Sherrards’ Apprentice Rachael Drane explains what the Solicitor Apprentice route entails. At the beginning of 2019, I began studying for a Solicitor Apprenticeship with the University of Law. Solicitor Apprenticeships are gradually gaining momentum and becoming a new and exciting concept, combining the traditional educational route with hands-on legal experience. I feel very privileged to …

My Solicitor Apprenticeship

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Podcast: What happens if someone dies without a valid Will?

Listen to the podcast by clicking here. Donna Payne speaks to Radio Verulam about what happens when someone dies unexpectedly and does not have a valid Will. This is a joint collaboration with Radio Verulam and Ye Olde Fighting Cocks Times.                  

Podcast: What happens if someone dies without a valid Will?

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Spook Erection: Part Two

This is the second of several case studies that partner Mike Lewis & Associate Ben Walters covered in their recent talk at Heathrow Airport for 80 surveyors as part of their CPD training. Security of Tenure: Can you oppose a lease renewal on the grounds of third-party redevelopment? The Landlord and Tenant 1954 Act provides a business …

Spook Erection: Part Two

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