Real Estate

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 …

Build to Rent – Overview of the evolving housing landscape

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The housing question has always been a complex one and over recent years there has been a seismic shift in housing policy with the intention of finding a solution to plug the yawning gap left by a shortfall of homes. Whilst it is not claimed it will be the panacea, Build to Rent (BtR) has been offered as a solution and we take a look at how this sector has evolved. More …

An Expensive Obligation: reasonable endeavours as soon as reasonably practicable

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In the recent High Court case of Gaia v Abbeygate, a developer was found not to have made reasonable endeavours to fulfil conditions of a contract as soon as reasonably practicable. More …