Article Category: Commercial Property – Insight & Opinion

Summarising the New Permitted Development Rights

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Many economists and politicians are predicting the end of office working and high street retail following the dramatic shift to home working and online shopping this year. Fewer shops and offices may be required in the future as these changes herald permanent shifts in behaviour. New uses will need to be found for some of… Read more »

Case Study: Creating a Commercial Lease With Complex Title Issues

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Ben Thomas, Solicitor in our Commercial Property team, gives an example of how the team recently dealt with creating a commercial lease through a surrender and re-grant despite complex title issues on behalf of a client. Our commercial property team acted for a landlord in the restructuring of an investment property’s tenancy. The client owned… Read more »

Case Study: The Sale of a Derelict Farm During COVID-19

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James Goddard, Partner, gives an example of how our Commercial Property team dealt with a recent sale of a derelict farm, despite the COVID-19 difficulties. Our Commercial Property team acted in the purchase of a derelict farm for a client and negotiated the terms of an overage agreement. An overage agreement contains an obligation on… Read more »

The New ‘Code’ for Commercial Property Relationships – Key Points

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On 19th June, the Government announced a ‘Code of Practice for commercial property relationships during the COVID-19 pandemic’ (the “Code”) to assist commercial property landlords and tenants during the pandemic. During the unprecedented economic disruption caused by COVID-19, many commercial tenants have had to approach landlords to discuss rental terms. This in turn has put… Read more »

Land Registry: Changes to Identity Verification and Signing Deeds

Identity verification and signing deeds

As people and businesses continue to adapt and find new ways of working following the COVID-19 outbreak, on 4th May 2020, the Land Registry introduced temporary changes to  processes including identity verification and signing deeds. These changes are intended to provide applicants with an alternative way to comply with existing Land Registry requirements that, in… Read more »

COVID-19: What Commercial Landlords Need to Know

The unprecedented restrictions imposed to control the spread of COVID-19 have disrupted the businesses carried on by many commercial tenants who are now trying to reduce their overheads, including property outgoings. At SAS Daniels, we have been approached by commercial landlords who are concerned about their rental income. Here are some of the most frequently… Read more »

Landowners Beware of the Electronic Communications Code 2017

The Electronic Communications Code 2017 (‘the Code’) controls the relationship between landowners and companies who run communication networks through cables and masts. This new code has generated more litigation in two years than the previous code had in over 20 years. In part, this is due to the telecoms firms exploring the extent of their new… Read more »

Change to HMO Licence criteria: what you need to know as a landlord

From 1st October 2018 the HMO Licence criteria will change. This will affect many landlords as they need to be aware of when a HMO (House in Multiple Occupation) Licence is mandatory and the housing standard conditions within the licence. At present, a HMO Licence is required where: At least five tenants forming more than one… Read more »

How to extend your lease: the process from start to finish

The area of Lease Extensions is a rather complex area of law and not for the faint hearted, there are a variety of pitfalls such as locating the “Competent Landlord” in the first place, negotiating the terms of your extension and how to navigate the court’s involvement should an agreement not be reached. The following… Read more »