Real Estate Law Blog

28 September 2017

Lights, Camera, Legal Action - Are Verbally Agreed Heads of Terms of a Filming Location Agreement Binding?

Parties in commercial property transactions tend to agree heads of terms in writing and then leave it to their lawyers to polish the wording of the lease before the tenant goes into occupation. 

Tanya Langridge

27 September 2017

Preparing for the results of the Consultation on ‘Leasehold’ Houses

At the end of July the Government announced a new consultation on the ownership structure of new build Homes in England, following the surge in recent years in new build Leasehold houses.  

David Newnham

25 September 2017

Lessees beware - Insurance proceeds are not enough!

It is not unusual to see in a long Lease of a residential flat, a Landlord's right to terminate or for the Lease to automatically determine, in the event of damage or destruction of the flat or block where it is not possible to reinstate the block within a certain period, usually 3 years. The lease will then provide for  the insurance proceeds  to be divided between the Landlord, the Tenant and the other  lessees of the block in such proportions as the parties agree, having regard to their respective interests. 

Paul Harbour

10 July 2017

Unclear contract terms – sign up to them at your peril

The judgment in GB Building Solutions Limited (in administration) –and– SFS Fire Services Limited (t/a Central Fire Protection) [2017] EWHC 1289 (TCC) illustrates yet again the importance of clearly defining terms and, in particular, critical dates in construction contracts.  This is one in a series of recent cases in which the TCC judges have re-affirmed their strict approach to contract interpretation. 

Robert Read

22 March 2017

Why mining searches are advisable regardless of location: the property buyer’s modern day canary

It is not unusual for property buyers in the UK to find a reference to ground instability in the report on title prepared by their solicitor. Clay-rich soils, on which many UK cities and towns are founded, are prone to shrinking and swelling with changes in moisture content. This may cause significant structural damage to buildings and costs insurers hundreds of millions of pounds a year. Property owners are advised not to allow the ground to become too dry or too wet and not to plant or remove trees in the vicinity of their properties. 

Tanya Langridge

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