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Selective Licensing and the Buy to Let Market: Landlords Take Note!

Laura  Wilcox
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The Housing Act 2004 permits councils to enforce selective licensing schemes which aim to improve living standards for tenants in privately rented properties within designated areas. For selective licensing to be introduced, a designated area will need to...

Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) licences

Katherine Bunting
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Landlords are reminded that the deadline of 1 October 2018 is getting close for applications for House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) licences. Under new Government rules landlords and letting agents have to apply for an HMO licence for most properties in...

To Insure or not to Insure? No longer a question

James Ballaam
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Traditionally when purchasing a property one of the most important things is to ensure that you have the property suitably insured from exchange of contracts as this is the point at which you become contractually bound to purchase the property and the risk...

SPOTLIGHT ON INFORMAL LETTINGS OF COMMERCIAL PROPERTY

Robert Clark
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Let us suppose that you are a landlord of a commercial property which is empty whilst you decide what you want to do with it.  Rather than letting it stand empty, you decide to grant a short tenancy and you find a tenant.  A rent is agreed but to...

3 Top Tips for Landlords and Tenants

Rebecca Inglis
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At the end of the year your thoughts may be turning to the new and exciting opportunities which await you and your business in 2018. Whether you are a Tenant or a Landlord, you may have thought about expanding to a new location, becoming a Landlord with a...

CHATTERTONS BRINGS TWO TAIN GIRLS TOGETHER

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All the way from Tain, in the Highlands of Scotland, Jacqueline Ross joins our Commercial Property Department in Lincoln. Jacqueline is a newly-qualified Scottish Solicitor undertaking the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme at the City University of London...

Side Letters - Handle with care!

James Ballaam
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“Can’t we just do a side letter?” are words a Commercial Property solicitor will no doubt hear countless times throughout the year. However such requests need to be handled with the utmost care and caution to ensure your client is not left...

Protect your land and property from fraud

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July is Scams Awareness Month, and the Land Registry wants to remind everyone of some key fraud advice. To help avoid becoming a victim of property fraud, please: •             read our...

SPOTLIGHT ON FORFEITURE OF COMMERCIAL LEASES

Robert Clark
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In the context of commercial leases, forfeiture simply means termination of the lease by the landlord for some default on the part of the tenant. With rare exceptions, the landlord needs to be able to rely upon an express forfeiture provision contained in...

SPOTLIGHT ON DILAPIDATIONS

Robert Clark
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Landlords and tenants of commercial property need to keep a close eye on repairing obligations under a lease. Claims for breach of a repairing obligation are known as “dilapidations claims”.  The subject of dilapidations claims never goes...

New Property Solicitor joins local law firm

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Local legal firm, Chattertons, are pleased to welcome a new Associate Solicitor, Claire Tomlinson, to their Property Department in Stamford. Claire qualified 10 years ago and has previously worked within real estate teams at large international and regional...

New Rent Arrears Legislation

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Are you aware of the new rent arrears legislation giving more power to the tenant over the bailiff? Changes to the law which come into effect on 6 April 2014, will allow entry to commercial premises only under conditions for the seizure of goods as part of...