Real Estate

Failure to provide Gas Safety Certificate before Residential tenancy occupation prevents possession claims

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Two recent cases have confirmed that, in England, a residential landlord who fails to provide to his tenant a gas safety certificate in respect of any supply of gas to the property before occupation pursuant to an assured shorthold tenancy under the Housing Act 1988 ("the 1988 Act") cannot subsequently successfully terminate the tenancy under section 21 of the 1988 Act, even if he provides such a certificate before serving the requisite notice seeking possession. More …

The commonhold revolution

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In December 2018 the Law Commission published a Consultation Paper on commonhold reform: "Reinvigorating commonhold: the alternative to leasehold ownership." We examine in more detail. More …

CVAs: Some Pros and Cons

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Our experts take a look at the pros and cons of a company voluntary agreement. More …

Does breaching a pre-commencement condition prevent implementation?

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The recent High Court case of R (Howell) v Waveney District Council [2018] EWHC 3388 is a helpful reminder that breaching a condition going to the "heart" of a permission renders implementation of that permission unlawful. More …

How blockchain might transform the world of real estate

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This October the Land Registry took a significant leap towards their goal of digitization, by partnering with tech-company and blockchain experts R3. We take a look at how this might transform the world of real estate. More …

Court warns developers not to take the law into their own hands

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The Court of Appeal has sent a strong message to developers not to build on land in breach of a restrictive covenant and then present the court with a fait accompli and challenge the judge not to order demolition but allow them to compensate the frustrated covenant holder instead. More …

New PPG on Build to Rent

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On 13th September the Government published a new section in its Planning Practice Guidance ("Guidance") on Build to Rent in order to simplify its treatment within the planning system and aid in the interpretation of The National Planning Policy Framework ("NPPF"). More …

Listed buildings: Do you need an Energy Performance Certificate?

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One could be forgiven for assuming that listed buildings, by their very nature, are automatically exempt from EPC restrictions. However, the issue is far from clear cut. A more in depth analysis is required due to the inconsistency between the statutory regulations and the government guidance. More …

Japanese Knotweed - The neighbour from hell

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Japanese Knotweed is a non-native invasive species and is the most invasive plant in the UK. It grows rapidly, the roots are extremely wide spreading and can penetrate foundations and concrete so can cause considerable physical damage to buildings and land. More …

Tenant catches a break

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A recent High Court decision has highlighted not only the power of punctuation, but the need for tenants to take proactive legal action when they wish to terminate their lease early. More …