2017

29 November 2017

Rentcharges Re-Charged

The 2016 case of Roberts and others v Lawton and others [2016] UKUT 395 has shown that rentcharges still have a sting in their tail, and highlighted why developers and investors should not ignore rentcharges revealed on title due diligence.

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25 September 2017

Council caught out over parking permits

The news that London had breached its annual air pollution limits just five days into 2017, swiftly followed by the final warning issued to the United Kingdom by the European Commission for failing to address repeated breaches of air pollution limits, is a sobering reminder of the price we continue to pay for freedom on four wheels.

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19 September 2017

Prescriptive Rights: How to Save a Life or just a Bad Medicine?

Acquiring a site is one thing, but equally as critical is the ability to use it for your desired purposes. Do you have sufficient parking provision on-site or do you need to use a neighbouring car park? Are you able to access your property directly from the public highway or do you need to pass over land in third party ownership?

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4 September 2017

Double Trouble and the Government Response

Usually houses are sold as freeholds where a purchaser buys the building and the land it stands on outright. In some cases, houses are sold as leasehold.  This may be appropriate for some houses for example because they are on National Trust land.

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21 August 2017

Concurrent, Overriding and Reversionary Leases: if you're gonna say it, say it right

Lawyers do sometimes make life difficult for themselves. Let's take lease classification as an example. The same lease may be variously described as a concurrent lease, a lease of the reversion and an overriding lease, sometimes rightly and sometimes wrongly, and, to complicate matters further, there are also reversionary leases, which may be leases of the reversion.

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20 March 2017

The latest "MEESage" for landlords

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has published much awaited guidance on minimum energy efficiency standards (MEES) for non-domestic property.

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6 March 2017

Sooner rather than later, please!

Marketing your property for sale – when does a selling agent's commission become due? Not many sellers think of their conveyancer when considering a selling agent's terms of business as part of their initial instruction on who best to market the property.

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2 March 2017

What a relief!

On 1 March 2017, the Supreme Court decided that property owners seeking to carry out refurbishments can claim business rates relief.

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27 February 2017

Vary and Pay! The SDLT Transitional Trap

What happens to those property contracts that have already been entered into when the Government announces a SDLT rate change? Unsurprisingly, with off-plan residential properties and agreements for commercial leases being marketed and exchanged far in advance of their respective build date and completion dates, this is a frequently asked question.

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13 February 2017

2017: The year of the squatter?

With two swift and successful squatters' evictions by our property litigation team in the first few weeks of January, as well as a recent high-profile judgment eviction of squatters from a £15m Belgravia property, 2017 is looking to be, not only the year of the rooster, but also the year of the squatter!

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16 January 2017

The importance of inspection

The recent case of Trevallion v Watmore & Another (2016) reminds us why buyers must carry out a careful inspection of the boundaries of a property prior to purchase.

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