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Brecher Bytes – UK Property – Government publishes more detail on proposed beneficial ownership register

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Almost a year ago the Government published a series of questions, consulting on proposals for a register showing who owns and controls overseas companies that own UK property. The aim is to tackle corruption, but this also affects privacy structures. The Government has now published its response to the input… Continue reading →

Landlords win victory on grounds for refusing a tenant consent to assign

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Emma Wells discusses the recent outcome in No.1 West India Quay (Residential) Limited v  East Tower Apartments Limited [2018] EWCA Civ 250. The Court of Appeal has held that where a landlord refuses a tenant’s request for consent to assign its lease (in circumstances where it has a duty not to unreasonably refuse… Continue reading →

Significant changes to telecoms code further impact landowner rights

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As the new telecoms code comes into force, Emma Wells and Andrew Nayager discuss how the changes will affect landowners and developers. Landowners and occupiers will, on the whole, be worse off than they were under the old code.  That is no surprise, given that the primary purpose of the Code… Continue reading →

Developers beware: New bill to protect grassroots music and other venues

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Developers would be advised to include details of proposals to protect residents from noise issues ahead of the Bill’s anticipated passage this summer, advises Anjana Ghosh.  This might include adequate sound proofing where there are existing music venues in the vicinity of a proposed residential development. What is an agent… Continue reading →

Government shines a spotlight on secret owners

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Roger Holman and Susan Perry review plans to replicate PSC-style disclosure at the Land Registry. In line with the European Commission’s desire for increasing transparency on who really owns companies and trusts, the proposed Fifth Money Laundering Directive is likely to introduce further amendments to the existing regime, potentially including… Continue reading →

Why have a Will?

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A common misconception is that by ignoring the need to plan for the end of life and beyond, the need to do so will simply go away, says Helena Woodhouse.  Spoiler alert – this is not the case.  Wills are not frightening, and they certainly do not have to be… Continue reading →

Government to ban the sale of new build houses on a leasehold basis

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Emma Wells discusses how proposed reforms to the property market will place landlords and developers under greater restrictions. The number of responses the Government consultation received highlights the strength of feeling about perceived unfair practices in the property market.  Leaseholders, and those that represent them, feel that developers and investors… Continue reading →

Construction Industry Scheme – is this you?

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Susan Perry discusses the tax implications of payments to contractors and sub-contractors. Designed to stop the Government losing tax income due to the prevalence of cash-in-hand payments by construction businesses, the Construction Industry Scheme places a heavy administrative burden on contractors, or those deemed by the scheme to be contractors…. Continue reading →