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PDR extension brings confusion

by on for Estates Gazette

Making office-to-residential permitted development rights permanent creates fresh uncertainty for lenders and insurers Developers up and down the land were breathing a sigh of relief after the announcement on 13 October 2015 of the government’s intention to extend office-to-residential permitted development rights. Insurers, meanwhile, were not quite so quick to… Continue reading →

Bad vibrations: Navigating nuisance construction claims

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What rights do neighbours have when construction gets noisy and troublesome? Jonathan Pawlowski, construction litigation partner at Brecher Solicitors reports. The London skyline is constantly evolving, with tired old buildings being replaced by ever more adventurous skyscrapers redefining the City’s visual identity. These new structures are often marmite, but we soon fall in… Continue reading →

If neighbours go to war then their house prices fall through the floor

Try to stop arguments over the fence escalating, says Felicity Hannah. They could cost far more than you think Nuisance neighbours can make life miserable. Whether it’s a dispute over boundaries, shared access to driveways or anti-social noise, falling out with next door can make home life stressful. If it… Continue reading →

Brecher bakers rise to the occasion in support of cancer charities

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Brecher is proud to announce that its fifth annual Charity Bake Sale, held on 12 October, raised £600 in aid of Future Dreams with Breast Cancer Now and Macmillan Cancer Support. Throughout the afternoon, staff and clients alike enjoyed all-you-can-eat cake, including these fabulous Brecher-branded cupcakes, which were kindly donated by Jenny Pasha from the… Continue reading →

Cautionary tale on payment pitfalls under construction contracts

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Jonathan Pawlowski, partner at Brecher Solicitors, reviews the lessons of Leeds City Council v Waco UK Ltd. Payment provisions under the majority of construction contracts are governed by the requirements put in place by the Housing Grants, Construction & Regeneration Act 1996. These provisions have caught out many an unwary… Continue reading →

Private Landlords v First-Time Buyers – is that the real battleground?

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The Summer Budget included restrictions on mortgage interest relief for owners of rental properties, limiting the relief to the basic rate of tax.  Under the current system individual landlords can deduct all of their costs, including mortgage interest, from their profits before paying tax.  George Osborne believes this gives such… Continue reading →