PropertyLaw.guru Blog

EG 19-09-20

P.5 “This week’s leader is dedicated to the growing number of occupiers that are, quite frankly and quite bluntly, taking the piss. For their benefit, I thought it might be useful here to remind them of the definition of a lease…” Proper rant from the Editor about tenants not paying their rent, CVAs, etc.P.16 High Court decision, much reported which decided that in most of the disease clauses
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EG. 12-09-20

P44. Overcoming tenants’ rights of pre-emption. Good article on how to structure a flats development to make sure that you can keep the freehold or airspace and prevent them  having a right of pre-emption should you wish to sell it. Basically exchange contracts to sell on the reversion before you sell 50% of the flats. But what about structuring it with an intermediate lease? Or before they
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EG 3-09-20

Sorry for delay -‘ stuff’ getting in the way!Interesting Logistics supplement - its definitely where the smart money is going. Amazon is on an impressive global 50% expansion journey - with a 40% increase in sales in Q2 2020!P.36 Right to Manage procedures and the changes proposed by the Law Commission. Useful explanation of the current process. The notices are crucial and Eastern Pyramid Group
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EG 29-08-20 (App only)

 New Look's proposed 3 yr CVA terms- turnover rents, Landlord breaks etc. Worth looking at - Is this the standard model?Covid Grants and business rates come to an end on 28 August - but £1.45bn remains unclaimed. Business rates holidays given to retail leisure and hospitality let many businesses out in the cold. Some claimed empty property rates relief, but the majority of LAs refused. Massive
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EG 20-08-20

p.17 Investors primed for a rise in sale and leaseback as companies look to free up cash after the pandemic - are you ready?Numerous articles predicting the future of the office…which will affect commercial lease volumes..LegalP.44 Escape to the country- what are the headaches of countryside living - what exactly are you buying - boundaries, rights, gaps and unregistered land, planning permissions
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EG 15-08-20

 EG 15-08-20 App only editionAdverse possessionDowse v City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council [2020] UKUT 0202 (LC) - interesting case as the ground c exceptional case in an LRA02 application. It must adjoin the whole of the owned land, not just a part of it, also questioned whether the ‘reasonable belief’ of ownership could be possible if there had been previous disputes over it!Legal
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 EG 08-08-20P.43 - 75% of businesses are now considering flexible working as a result of the pandemic, and a shift away from tradiitional long leases, which is bad news for L&T solicitors specialising in that area.P.64 Zoning the planning system. Analyses the proposed planning changed- will the recommendations of others to shift to a rules based by right system, where developers can build
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EG 25-07-20

News P.19 Law Commissions report on Commonhold and leasehold reform noted. As one comment says, why would developers set one up if there is no financial advantage and lenders won’t lend on it! Also, in my experience flat owners don’t want to be directors of management companies or manage the building, but whinge about the maintenance and service charges all the time. Don’t expect changes
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New Use Classes summary

Brill summary of the new use classes from BLP - click here  - a must read!https://www.bclplaw.com/images/content/1/9/v2/191419/Client-Flyer-UCO-final.pdf
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EG 18-07-20

News - a boom in demand for data centres, comm prop prices set to drop 10%, predicted demand for flexible space as offices re configure for the post-virus world. P.22 - the proposed radical Permitted development planning reform could see retail to resi conversions rocket. Councils who bought lots of comm prop are now unable to balance budgets and are cutting servicesLegalP.35 Covid clauses
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