Commercial Real Estate

3 August 2012

Squatting becomes a criminal offence (again) – an update

The statutory instrument formally enacting section 144 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 has now been made.  From 1 September 2012 it will be a criminal offence to squat in a residential building.  Anyone living in a residential building at that date, even if they entered before 1 September 2012,  will be committing a criminal offence if they originally went in without permission.  Overnight, therefore, a new category of criminals will be created.

26 June 2012

Landlords and Managing Agents take note - the importance of getting the address right

Section 47 of the Landlord & Tenant Act 1987 requires a landlord to give his name and address in any written demand to his residential tenants.  This requirement covers the payment of all sums due from the tenant such as rent, service charge and insurance. 

16 March 2012

Kingsley Napley at MIPIM

Bethan Owen and Vanessa Whatley of Kingsley Napley’s Real Estate department decided to tackle the world’s largest property conference, MIPIM (www.mipim.com) this year. 

Bethan Owen

14 June 2011

Lease renewals - How to avoid costly pitfalls

The Licensing, Hospitality and Leisure industry has been one of the worst affected sectors during the recession. Whilst it has been predicted that only the wholesale and retail and the construction sectors are ahead of hotels and restaurants in being likely to be facing insolvency in 2011. 

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