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Beauty is in the eye of the freeholder

15 Jul, 2021
Why retail premises owners are attracting beauty and cosmetics occupiers Beauty is big business.  The industry as a whole was estimated to be worth £27.2 billion in 2018, with...
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Breaking up is never easy (when vacant possession is in play)

12 Jul, 2021
The Court of Appeal has overturned the High Court's decision in the case of Capitol Park Leeds Plc v Global Radio Services Limited.  A link to our original blog about the High...
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Property’s part in a Green Industrial Revolution

8 Jul, 2021
This year, the UK is set to host the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow in November 2021. This is being hailed by The Guardian as “the most important global meeting...
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Pandemic Rent Suspension Clauses on Lease Renewals: Round 2

6 Jul, 2021
On 11 May 2021 we reported on the outcome of the WH Smith lease renewal proceedings. In WH Smith one of the issues the County Court had to consider was the manner in which a...
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Leasehold reform hits the headlines through changes in the operation of ground rent charges

25 Jun, 2021
by: Cripps Pemberton Greenish
Ground rent reform has taken centre stage this week following the news that Persimmon Homes and Aviva have agreed to change the way they deal with ground rent charges. Read the...
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What the First Homes scheme might mean for UK housebuilders

23 Jun, 2021
First Homes may not be with us immediately but the requirement to provide them as part of the affordable housing package is looming over the horizon. What will First Homes be? This...
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Commercial rent arrears protections extended until March 2022

18 Jun, 2021
Following representations from the British Property Federation (BPF) and British Retail Consortium (BRC) amongst others, the government has announced that the statutory protection...
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Tips on what to do when you need service rights to telecoms and other utilities

16 Jun, 2021
Landowners and occupiers may ask service providers, such as electricity, water and telecoms, to provide their land with a connection to their utilities. The supply of a new...
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Breathing space: debt respite scheme

14 Jun, 2021
On 4 May 2021 the Debt Respite Scheme (Breathing Space Moratorium and Mental Health Crisis Moratorium) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 (the Regulations) came into effect. ...
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Residential notice period changes

11 Jun, 2021
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the notice periods a landlord had to give when serving a notice on a residential tenant in order to obtain possession of their property were...
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First step on the road to Leasehold Reform and its impact on Enfranchisement

7 Jun, 2021
The Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Bill is currently making its way through Parliament, with the next step being the committee stage scheduled for 9 June 2021.  This is the first...
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Virgin Active: Will landlords be feeling the burn? (Part 3)

25 May, 2021
The much awaited decision in the Virgin Active restructuring case has been handed down with the court sanctioning Virgin's proposals notwithstanding vehement objections by many...
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Proposals put to Government on how to deal with the end of rent arrears protection

24 May, 2021
Following closure of the Government’s call for evidence on 4 May, we wait with interest to see what action (if any) the Government decides to take when the current rent arrears...
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The Planning Bill – What are the plans for the future?

14 May, 2021
The Government’s plans for the planning system were set out by Her Majesty the Queen, on Tuesday 11th May, in the Queen’s Speech . Whilst the details within the Queen’s...
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Virgin Active: Will landlords be feeling the burn? (Part 2)

13 May, 2021
The first article on the Virgin restructuring posted last week explained the process of Part 26A.  The Sunday Times, on 28 March 2021, wrote an article on the Virgin Active...
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Business lease renewals and the pandemic

11 May, 2021
Strange things tend to pique the interest of a property litigator, and the recent county court judgment of WHSmith Retail Holdings Limited v Commerz Real Investmentgesellshaft MBH...
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Virgin Active: Will landlords be feeling the burn? (Part 1)

7 May, 2021
The proposed restructuring of Virgin Active has garnered plenty of press coverage in the last few weeks, primarily due to the procedure Virgin Active are invoking and the impact...
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The legal practicalities of downsizing your office space

5 May, 2021
The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has seen the commercial real estate sector decline. Whilst not all sectors have been adversely affected (supermarkets/distribution) the retail...
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Consultation on new residential developer tax - a fair proposal?

4 May, 2021
On 29 April 2021, the Government launched a consultation on its proposal to impose a new Residential Property Developer Tax ("RPDT") on annual profits of residential developers...
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Second Judgment in favour of Landlords on Commercial Rent Arrear dispute involving Covid-19 issues

27 Apr, 2021
On 16 April 2021, Chief Master Marsh in Commerz Real Investmentgesellschaft mbH v TFS Stores Ltd ordered in favour for the landlord during the first judgment on commercial rent...
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