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Commercial Property Category

05th April 2018
If you are thinking of buying or renting commercial property your solicitor is likely to recommend you undertake a series of searches through official records before you commit to a purchase or a tenancy. These searches are important as they will throw light on a range of matters including environmental issues and aspects of the property’s planning history that a review of legal title may…
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12th January 2018
If you are planning to sell or let a property it is important to be able to produce all the necessary documents that your buyer or tenant will expect to see as part of their investigation process – delay at any stage of your transaction will have a knock-on effect on the deal and could even put interested parties off altogether. So, what is it…
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21st December 2017
The requirement to provide an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) when you sell or let a property is not new but on 1 April 2018 the new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) come into force. The MEES regulations stipulate that, from April onwards, landlords must not grant a new tenancy on any property with a low EPC rating (less than E), nor extend or renew an…
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27th October 2017
Since a High Court ruling in 2016 regarding the sale of a South London property by a fraudster claiming to be the registered owner, more emphasis has been placed on protecting properties from property fraud. Unfortunately it is possible for skilled impersonators to sell your property or take out a mortgage without your knowledge, leaving you with the debt or without the property. Some properties…
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13th October 2017
It is surprisingly easy to become someone’s business partner. Legally, a partnership exists when two or more persons carry on business in common with a view to profit. So if you and your friend carry on a business activity, hoping to make some money from it, you may well find that you have started a partnership. It really is as simple as that. Precisely because…
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04th September 2017
If you own property but have no deeds to prove your ownership, you may hold possessory title to that property – and land registered in this way is more commonplace than you might think. Although possessory title often relates to small parcels of land rather than houses or entire plots it is possible that a substantial part of a property, or in some cases the…
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31st July 2017
Most commercial leases for business premises are structured as full repairing and insuring (FRI) leases and many potential FRI tenants are surprised to discover they are assuming complete responsibility for building repairs, whether or not they were responsible for the disrepair in the first place. With this in mind, tenants should never sign a FRI lease without first taking legal advice as to whether the…
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15th June 2017
Not everyone gets excited about data protection – until, that is, it comes to light that miscellaneous personal information has been captured and secretively stored, or is being used in an alarming manner. You may be surprised to learn that the UK’s current electronic information legislation dates back to the last century: the oft-quoted Data Protection Act was passed in 1998, no less than 19…
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08th March 2017
When you agree to sell your property it is reasonable to expect to receive the best price possible and, in certain situations, the best possible price may be obtained by taking a share in a future increase in the value of your property, a sum that is customarily referred to as ‘overage’. As a seller, you may wish to negotiate overage if you have an…
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24th February 2017
Many of us, at one time or another, will ask a friend, employer, supplier or other work contact for a reference, and some of us will ourselves be approached as a potential referee. So, what are the key issues you should consider before agreeing to provide a formal employment reference? In most cases there is no obligation to provide a reference, so you could refuse.…
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