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UK government launches code of practice for commercial property relationships during the COVID-19 pandemic

Introduction It has been well documented how the Coronavirus pandemic has had (and continues to have) a huge impact on the commercial property market in the UK and the government response has, correspondingly, been far-reaching. To date a moratorium on forfeitures has been enacted and a number of associated measures for tenant businesses have been [...]

Cambridge University plans… Implications for Landlords and Investors

Cambridge University announce plans to go online only for 2020-2021 academic year risking significant impact on HMO landlords and investors. As a HMO landlord/investor, what are your options? What is a HMO? ‘HMO’ is short for ‘house in multiple occupation.’ It means any house or self-contained flat that is occupied by at least three people [...]

New Rules – MEES Regulations

THE NEW RULES FOR THE ‘MINIMUM LEVEL OF ENERGY EFFICIENCY’ STANDARD (MEES) – ENGLAND AND WALES As from April 2018, new tenancies in England and Wales have had to meet the Government’s minimum energy efficiency standard (MEES). Properties required to have an energy performance certificate (EPC) must reach a minimum ‘E’ rating on their EPC [...]

New Form 6A

A new Form 6A (s21 notice) has been released today for immediate use in England to comply with the Coronavirus Act 2020. Landlords, agents and property investors must ensure they use the new notice. Other/older forms will not be valid. The most significant and substantive change is that the notice period is now 3 months [...]

Corona Virus – changes to possession

The Government has announced a series of changes and restrictions on landlords regaining possession of their property during the coronavirus pandemic. Legislation is in draft form at the moment and is expected to pass into law on Friday 27 March 2020. The main change to possession are: Notice periods for all notices, including Section 8 [...]

Corona Virus – service charges

The existing government guidance on COVID-19 does not cover service charge or ground rent arrears that arise during the Corona Virus crisis. Broadly speaking, the courts remain open and any actions to recover ground rent or service charge arrears can continue as normal. Where there are ground rent and/or service charge arrears the process would [...]

Scope and Form of Disclosure

Updated: December 21, 2018 What is disclosure? Disclosure is the process in litigation where each party is required to disclose to the other party 'documents' in their control which are material to the issues in dispute. Disclosure is an important part of any civil litigation and it is important to understand what is required. Failing [...]