Real Estate Law Blog

30 December 2013

Assured shorthold tenancies – one less banana skin...

As 2013 draws to a close, the Court of Appeal has given landlords of residential properties, in the words of the late great Ian Dury, a “reason to be cheerful”. Gary Finniss explains.

9 December 2013

Top tips for buyers in the current property market

As London slowly wakes up from a bad financial hangover, the property market seems to be well on its way to recovery. But with house prices rising, the property industry has reported a rise in gazumping, first fashionable in the property boom of the 80s. Together with frequent warnings of an imminent property bubble, the residential property market in London can seem pretty frenetic and intimidating.  Here are Julia Hicks' top tips for residential buyers, who have found the property they want, had their offer accepted, and want to ensure they proceed to exchange.  

22 November 2013

Vacant retail property - how to deal with unwanted Christmas traders

Rogue traders are hoping to cash in on the Christmas spirit. So at a time when vacant retail premises are at all-time high, property owners and retailers need to take extra care of their empty units or there is a risk that they will fall victim to ‘fly traders’ looking for the ultimate in rent-free “pop up” shops. Caroline DeLaney discusses.

1 November 2013

Heads of Terms – key pointers for a commercial tenant

Given that the financial liabilities under a lease tend to be one of the biggest overheads of any business, it is important for a commercial tenant to have a working knowledge and understanding of the main terms of a lease. James Caswell discusses four key areas for negotiation.

30 October 2013

Empty Rates temporary relief scheme for newly built commercial sites

The Empty Rates temporary relief scheme announced by the Government earlier in the year took effect from 1 October 2013. Bethan Owen discusses.

Bethan Owen

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