Article Category: Commercial Property – Insight & Opinion

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 »

Selling Farmland For Redevelopment

Our Agricultural Law team are often approached by clients who are considering selling farmland for redevelopment or who have been approached by developers. Understandably there are lots of questions surrounding this topic. James Goddard, our Senior Property Associate who specialises in agricultural law, has answered a few of the frequently asked questions below to help… Read more »

The Importance Of A Building Contract

Are you thinking of building a purpose built home to meet all of your needs, dreams and desires? If so, making sure that your home comes in on time, to budget, and is all that you expected, will be top of your list. One way to help with this is by putting a building contract… Read more »

New Electronic Communications Code: How Are Landowners Affected?

The Electronic Communications Code from 2003 has long been criticised for being unfit for purpose and for holding back the roll out of new telecommunications technology. Finally, on 28 December 2017, it was replaced and the new Electronic Communications Code (‘the New Code’) came into force. In this blog, I will look at three areas… Read more »

How Can An Overage Agreement Protect The Future Value Of Your Land?

We are regularly asked to deal with the sale of land where an overage agreement is required. The first question is, what is an overage agreement? Essentially, such an agreement contains an obligation on the buyer of land to make a further payment to the seller in the future when a certain event, known as… Read more »

Business Rates And Property Developments: Mixed News For Property Developers

For property developers it’s been a mixed bag of news with recent cases reflecting both positive and negative decisions for their industry. Business rates for property developers – the positive news: Following the recent business rates revaluation many businesses are reeling about the new rates they will have to pay from 1 April 2017. Developers… Read more »