Real Estate Law Blog

9 October 2018

The NeverEnding (Lease) Story: how poor drafting can create a 2000 year mistake

Imagine this scenario.  You own a site which is ripe for development in a few years. There are a number of tenants who still have leases which don’t expire for between two to three years, which fits in with your development timetable.  There was one vacant floor last year but you agreed to let that to a new small business tenant on a one year lease and since that tenant said they may want to stay longer, you agreed that they could have a right in their lease to renew for another year.  You agreed a low rent as it was such a short term and saved you the business rates.  You didn’t want to bother with solicitors so your agent just issued your standard short term lease and after a couple of amendments from the tenant, this was completed in a couple of days.

Angela Must

3 September 2018

“Creating empowered and responsible duty holders” – Applying the CDM Regulations to HRRBs

Our blog series began with a review of Dame Judith Hackitt’s report and our examination of whether an outright ban on combustible materials is required. In this blog we analyse the primary purpose of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (‘CDM Regulations’), how the CDM Regulations apply to key persons in a construction project and how the Report suggests the construction industry apply the regulations to higher risk residential buildings (HRRBs).

Luke Gregory

21 August 2018

Top tips for Sellers

In the current property market, properties are selling for less and sales are taking longer to complete.  There are lots of tip available about attracting a buyer, but how do you convert a buyer's offer into a quick exchange?

Vanessa Rhodes

17 August 2018

Don’t delay: contracting out of the prevention principle

Delay is a major issue on construction projects.  To combat this, most construction contracts will specify a particular date by which the works must be completed.  If the contractor fails to meet this deadline, it will usually have to pay a pre-agreed level of damages for the period of delay.  This is unless the contractor can show that it has a claim for an extension of time which will push back the date for completion. 

Robert Read

14 August 2018

Brexit: "It was not this that I promised to do"

The relocation plans of two European agencies, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the European Banking Authority from London to Amsterdam and Paris respectively, following Brexit, have been widely publicised. Political and economic consequences aside, the move may also have far-reaching legal consequences.

Tanya Langridge

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