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EG 11-05-19

P.43 The measure of all things - Size is everything? Must read article for solicitors who don’t know their acres from their elbow. Takes you through the way in which area, land, offices, sq.ft etc is important, and gives you an idea of what the size of the average house, office, superstore is. Its unbelievable that most lawyers haven’t a clue and are never trained in even the basics before they
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Govt updates How to Buy Guides

Last week the DHCLG published a How to Buy guide and a How to Sell guide for the public in relation to moving house. Though the Bold Legal Group I pointed out that there were a number of inaccuracies in relation to the legal side of it - and I was amazed to see yesterday that they have amended it  to take these into account!!! I feel almost important and smug!Overall they are very good (with the
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EG 4th May 2019

p.25 Co-living schemes seem to be gaining traction everywhere - this is where you have an ensuite room that is 10m2 (yes about 10ft x10ft) and everything else is communal for you and 500 others. At a price - £230 a week. But you rent  for as long or as little as you like. Google The Collective, Old Oak. Modern Utopia or Hipster hell on earth? P.49 Commercial Leases pt 3. What should happen
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EG 27-04-19

Property news section - Retail and office landlords are increasingly giving incentive packages to get tenants - rent frees for exampleBrexit & frustration - the EMA lease case, latest news is the appeal to CA might not be until March 2020!More than one third of empty high st banks have been converted to restaurants & eateries. Legal articlesp.49 Part 2 of an excellent series for commercial
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EG 20-04-19

Property insightsInteresting how the property market is changing. News of the Courts service closing and selling lots of court buildings. Camberwell Green magistrates court  is being turned into 400 one bed flats! The housing market slumps to a 7 year low. A KPMG survey shows that landlords now call tenants ‘customers’ and talk about ‘customer service’ as landlords; Since 54% of employees
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EG 13-04-19

Not much in the surveying section of interest except a couple of articles about Channel 4 moving to Leeds and bit about DebenhamsLegal sectionp.47 Business Rates - local authorities are losing money with business rates avoidance schemes - and this article looks about the insolvent tenant scheme just tested in the courts. The Court of Appeal found the scheme worked in Rossendale Borough Council v Hurstwood
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New commercial lease code - consultation!

The proposed new commercial lease code is out for consultation and you can get a copy of it from herehttps://consultations.rics.org/consult.ti/leasingbusinesspremises/consultationHomeYou might need to create an account download it. The code is now going to be professional mandatory on surveyors to clarify certain aspects of the heads of terms. This hopefully will make it a lot easier for landlord and
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EG 6th April 2019

P.49 MEES one year on. Looks at the effect of the minimum energy efficiency standards affecting commercial buildings since last year. Not a single prosecution for non-compliance  by any local authority in the whole country! But many less ‘substandard’ F&G registrations. Looks ahead at the next phase of changesP.51 Expert Witnesses under the spotlight - their need to be indépendant and
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EG 30-03-19

News sectionShopping centre investment plummeted by 90% in Q1! And prices are tumblingAnd Philip Green’s Arcadia group (Topshop, Evans, Wallis, Miss Selfridge, DP, Burtons etc. ) is being restructured and is likely to lead to shut shops and slashed rents for landlords!Furthermore - more than 60% of all new retail scheme proposals have been pushed back to the next decade. And that’s without Brexit..But
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EG 23rd March 2019

EG 23 March 2019MIPM issue with lots on the Cannes jolly that agents go on - and a few lawyers. Probably not as much fun as the Film Festival (that I gatecrashed a few years ago!)P. 57 Business Rates and charities. There have been lots of ‘mitigation schemes’ (fiddles to you, me and the Councils involved) to avoid the punitive business rates on empty properties regime, including the Charity scheme.
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