News & Views

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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SDLT update

Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) has now become a highly complex area and requires careful consideration to ensure the rates and exclusions applied are correct. At first glance, it may appear that relief is available but on closer inspection of the scenario this may not be the case.   For example, where a property is over …

SDLT update

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Make the right commercial decision when it comes to signing or granting a lease with security of tenure protection.

Whether you are the landlord or the tenant, you need to think carefully at the time of signing a new lease about what happens when the lease comes to an end.  A manufacturing company, for example, who has invested in the installation of specialist plant and machinery at a property, will want that lease to …

Make the right commercial decision when it comes to signing or granting a lease with security of tenure protection.

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Airbnb creates legal hazards

If you let property through Airbnb, you could be facing a legal minefield. Its rapid growth which provides an online platform for individuals to rent their homes or spare rooms short-term, has caused a stir across the world. But the law has not kept up with the technology, leading to a range of hazards for …

Airbnb creates legal hazards

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Licences for occupation – is your short term licence agreement actually a formal tenancy?

A recent ruling is likely to have significant consequences for guardian property companies (and other landlords) who use licence agreements to place occupiers into properties to protect against squatters and vandalism.  The case of Camelot Property Management Limited and Camelot Guardian Management Limited v Roynon [2017] highlights the importance of carrying through in practice what …

Licences for occupation – is your short term licence agreement actually a formal tenancy?

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Letting agents fees banned by Government

The long awaited restriction on agent’s fees is one step closer with the recent introduction of draft legislation to ban the requirement for tenants to pay fees or other charges on top of rent and payments for services from third parties. The proposals could also limit the amount of tenancy deposits held by a landlord …

Letting agents fees banned by Government

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