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COVID-19 NEWSFLASH: New Code of Practice

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The Government has now published the new code of practice, developed in conjunction with leaders from the retail, hospitality and property sectors, which is intended to reinforce and promote good practice amongst landlord and tenant relationships as they deal with the financial impact of the pandemic.   The objective of… Continue reading →

NEWSFLASH : Gas Safety Certificates: all change..

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The Court of Appeal has today handed down judgment in the case of Trecarrell House Ltd v Rouncefield [2020] EWCA Civ confirming that a landlord’s failure to provide a tenant under an Assured Shorthold Tenancy (AST) with a copy of the current Gas Safety Certificate (GSC) before it takes up… Continue reading →

COVID-19: Back to the future: No winding-up, on the basis of law not yet in force

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Short Read: Despite the law not yet being in force, the High Court has this week granted an unnamed high street retailer an injunction preventing one of its landlord creditors from presenting a winding-up petition against it on the expectation that the restrictions in the Bill will shortly be enacted…. Continue reading →

COVID-19: And relax. The Land Registry changes its rules.

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It’s rare that the Land Registry does anything which anyone outside the world of property law might want to read about, but today, May 4th, is that day. “Changes to identity verification and signing deeds” is not, you might agree, the snappiest title from GOV.UK but it does what it… Continue reading →

COVID-19: Restaurant to takeaway use. Planning to do it?

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New legislation, allowing a change from restaurant use to takeaway, without applying for planning permission, is a vital lifeline to the restaurant sector, enabling it to adapt and stay afloat during the current unprecedented crisis. Previously a change of use from A3 or A4 to a takeaway would have required… Continue reading →

COVID-19: Planning permissions: Deemed discharge.

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At this critical time, when Local Planning Authorities (“LPAs”) are contending with the fallout from the COVID-19 crisis, the deemed discharge provisions introduced in 2015, to reduce delays in the planning process are a valuable mechanism to secure approval of planning conditions without having to wait for a condition discharge… Continue reading →

COVID19: Light Touch Administrations. Yes, it’s possible.

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In the current climate, it is expected that thousands of business will enter administration and Administrators will need to assess each administration on its merits to see if it is appropriate to adopt a light touch approach. As a result of the unprecedented situation that is being faced by businesses… Continue reading →

UK Residential Property – Changes to CGT 6 April 2020

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  A change in capital gains tax legislation relating to the sale of UK residential property by a UK resident (individual or trustee) takes effect as from 6 April 2020.  This change was announced by the Government in the recent budget and had in mind the impact of COVID-19.  It… Continue reading →

COVID-19: Skype hearings? Are you winding me up?

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  As a creditor, especially during the current Covid-19 crisis, it may be tempting to accept all and any payments from debtors. Payments that a debtor company makes to you during the period where there is a winding-up petition in place will be a void disposition, under section 127 of… Continue reading →