News & Views

Keeping connected

Being connected to the internet is something we almost take for granted these days. Tenants looking to move into new premises are likely to assume that adequate connections will already be available or reasonably straightforward to set up.  This isn’t necessarily the case and before you find yourself unable to get your business up and …

Keeping connected

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Location, location, location

Commercial property availability and price is a controversial subject in and around St Albans. It is an issue that seems to be raised vociferously at every business meeting. Hardly surprising since, in the recent ‘Barriers to Growth’ research commissioned by the members of The City of Expertise, 80% of the businesses in and around St …

Location, location, location

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Top tips when buying property

Whether you are relatively new to the UK property market or an experienced investor, you will be aware of the difficulties of buying a new home or investment property. Here are our top five tips to help you: 1.Finance arrangements Whether or not finance is needed, speak to a broker early on in a transaction …

Top tips when buying property

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Leasehold reform

The Law Commission has launched a consultation into the leasehold enfranchisement of houses and flats. Amongst the proposals are a unified procedure for both flats and houses which currently operate under separate regimes for claiming the freehold.  The proposed reforms would also remove the requirement for leaseholders to own a property for a minimum of …

Leasehold reform

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Post Grenfell – Lawyers must help identify cladding dangers

The catastrophic fire that led to the loss of many lives at Grenfell Tower has raised awareness of the dangers of building cladding. Buyers and tenants should, with the help of their lawyers, understand these dangers and know what to do if any cladding exists in the building they want to live in. According to …

Post Grenfell – Lawyers must help identify cladding dangers

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New Scheme for Business Tenants

HMCTS have initiated a pilot scheme to introduce a more cost-effective way of dealing with unopposed lease renewals, by transferring them over from the Central London County Court to the First-Tier Tribunal (FTT) Property Chamber. On a positive note, this should reduce unnecessary delays and force parties into focusing on the job at hand but …

New Scheme for Business Tenants

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