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Business rates and liability

The basic position on business rates is that the person liable to pay business rates on an unoccupied property is the person entitled to possession of that property. Empty shops and offices receive 100% exemption from rates for three months. If the...

Overage agreements: take care

A recent Court of Appeal decision considered whether or not an overage payment is triggered and is a good reminder of the importance of getting your drafting right. In this case an overage payment was due on prior approval being obtained under the permitted...

Land Registry Changes to combat fraud

Recently the Law Commission has published a draft Bill to update the Land Registration Act 2002 to help combat fraud. The Law Commission is setting out steps that conveyancers must take in order to verify the identity of their clients.  Failure to do...

Overseas ownership of UK land ownership

The Government has recently published a draft Bill which will require overseas entities wishing to own UK land to take steps to register the underlying beneficial ownership with Companies House. This step is aimed at combating money laundering. Sanctions...

Improving the enfranchisement of houses

The Law Commission has recently outlined proposals to improve the enfranchisement process for leaseholders of houses. Proposals include: A single set of criteria for enfranchisement of houses and flats and no financial limits Allowing leaseholders on an...

Estate Agents be Warned! Trading Standards to Increase Enforcement against Agents

The Government has recently announced that funding for the National Trading Standards Estate Agency Team (NTSEAT) will be doubled. The increased funding brings significant new responsibilities for the NTSEAT including policing the ongoing dispute with...

New build properties in Suffolk

New build properties in Suffolk have been highlighted by the local authority as having not been built in accordance with the details specified in the planning permission. Although a development may have planning permission, there are often numerous...

News from our correspondent on the ground in St. John's Wood

This month in London we have gone from endless sun and sizzle to endless drizzle; much to the dismay of the hundreds of cricket fans who hover in the pubs and bars outside the Office waiting to head into Lords Cricket Ground. The conveyancing department...

Who's who? - Daniela

In this edition we take a look at none other than London Private Client Dynamo – Daniela who celebrated, and let us for a moment remove our hats – a DISTINCTION in the LPC in July and has now started her training contract. We cannot improve on...

HMRC's Social Care Compliance Scheme Update...Questions Remain Unanswered!

As Care Providers are sure to be aware, The long-awaited Court of Appeal Judgment on sleep-ins, published just last month, ruled that sleep in staff were working only when ' awake for the purposes of working ', thereby delivering a welcome boost to...

Latest ONS Figures Reveals London as the Worst Region in the UK for House Price Growth

In the month of June, the average price of a property in the UK was set at £228,384. This is an annual price increase of 3.0% in the year to June 2018 which is also down from 3.5% in the year to May 2018 (the lowest UK annual rate since August 2013...

Fantastic news for Ipswich

Ipswich was ranked 7th in the London Economic top ten best up and coming places to live in the UK, replacing its former industrial status. One of the reasons for Ipswich becoming more desirable is the years of investment, with dramatic changes taking place...

5 tips for speeding up your move

Get off to a flying start – quote, instruction, funds on account. Order time consuming items (management pack, searches and redemption) early as soon as possible. Be proactive (prevention is better than cure) Use the telephone and not email ...

Government Response to Consultation on Supported Housing Welcomed by Housing Associations

The Government yesterday responded to two consultations on funding for supported housing, confirming that housing benefit will be kept in place for all those living in supported housing. Ministers had been consulting on possible alternative funding for...

£360k of Employment Tribunal Awards Go Unpaid

Figures obtained from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) under a freedom of information request reveal that over £390,000 worth of employment tribunal awards were unpaid in 2017 due to employer insolvency. The real...

UNISON APPEAL MENCAP'S COURT OF APPEAL SLEEP-IN VICTORY

As a result of Mencap’s recent victory in the Court of Appeal on the long running issue of sleep-ins, Unison, the UK’s largest Trade Union has now lodged an application to appeal to the Supreme Court. This application has been made with just a...

The Client Money Protection Scheme for Letting Agents

The House of Lords has recently approved the draft regulations for Client Money Protection Schemes for letting agents. Setting regulations around letting agents holding client money is seen as the first step to the tenant fee ban. Lord Shipley said:...

Government clamping down on unfair leasehold practices

Following consultation the Government has decided to clamp down on ensuring that leaseholders only pay for services they receive. This should lese to a more professional block management market. As part of the Government proposals it is also intended to...

Changing Estate Agency Models and The Pimlico Plumbers case

The case of Pimlico Plumbers found that a self-employed plumber was in fact an employee and this has been a landmark decision in the so called “gig economy”. The decision means that people who are employed in the same way as Gary Smith  of...

Referral Fees in the property sector being examined

The National Trading Standards Estate Agency Team (NTSEAT) in June launched a survey to find out about the use of referral fees from solicitors, surveyors, financial advisors and removal firms. The Government is currently investigating the use of referral...
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