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Redevelopment Repercussions - how to terminate a business lease due to redevelopment

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Landlords will be familiar with the protection afforded to business tenants when it comes to lease renewal under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954. At the end of WWII, commercial property was at a premium. Business tenants found that when they...

Company Voluntary Agreements in commercial property

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In recent months, there has been a growing trend in the way commercial tenants are using a particular type of insolvency prevention procedure, known as a Company Voluntary Agreement, to reduce the amount they are paying to their landlords. Here Helen Porter,...

Landlord responsibilities for tenant safety

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As a landlord, one of the most important legal requirements is that you cover the basic safety practices and equipment in the property or properties you are renting. Keeping your tenants safe should be your principal concern, so ensuring that these obligations are met is of the utmost importance. Helen Porter, Partner and Litigation and Dispute Solicitor, clarifies the responsibilities of residential landlords regarding fire, gas and electrical safety, and explains how UK legislation applies in this area.

The Tenants Fee Bill: Government action ending Letting Agent fees

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The private rented sector is made up of 4.5 million households in England. Both landlords and tenants frequently pay Letting Agents to provide a valuable service in ensuring properties are managed; assisting landlords in complying with their legal responsibilities and helping tenants secure a home, being their first port of call for any maintenance and repair issues.

Can drones cause disputes?

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Disputed boundaries, loud music and overhanging trees have long caused grievances between neighbours. Now technology has led to a further issue; drones. Drones are not only loud, but sometimes equipped with cameras.

How do virtual reality games impact your commercial property?

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Experts across the world are focusing on property laws and how they will stand up to the growing popularity of reality gaming, following on from the global success of Pokémon Go. Helen Porter, Commercial Lawyer, advises business and property owners of their rights when trespassing is becoming an increasing concern.

New amendment to Town and Country Planning Act 1990 to speed up neighbourhood planning

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The Housing and Planning Bill has now had its second reading in the House of Lords on 26 January 2016, after passing through the House of Commons. The next stage for the bill is scrutiny by a House of Lords committee who will look at the bill line by line. The committee will produce a report on the Bill and it will then go for a final third reading in the House of Lords before both Houses consider any amendments and the Bill receives Royal Assent.

An end to Retaliatory Eviction

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On 1 October 2015, new rules are coming into force which will affect the giving of Section 21 Notices giving at least two months’ notice requiring a tenant to deliver up vacant possession of residential property let under an assured shorthold tenancy, without having to prove fault on the part of the tenant.

Terminating a commercial contract by estoppel

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The usual contractual methods for terminating a lease, or strictly, the ending of the tenant’s obligations under a lease, whether by the fixed term coming to an end, the operation of a break clause, by agreed surrender or assignment are relatively clear and well understood. However, the courts can, under the doctrine of “equity”, interfere in cases where the assertion of strict legal rights is found to be unconscionable.

Landlord's address for service

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At Warner Goodman Commercial we are often asked what address the landlord must supply to its tenant of rented residential property. Landlords might not want their tenants to contact them direct, particularly when they are using agents to manage their property. Helen Porter, Warner Goodman’s residential landlord and tenant property litigation solicitor provides clarity on this legal issue.

Guarantors Avoiding Liability

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A recent Court of Appeal decision highlights the need for careful drafting of leases and commercial contracts to avoid the inadvertent release of a surety when dealing with licences for alterations or other amendments to the original contract. Helen Porter, Associate Solicitor, advises on the latest Court of Appeal decision on strict covenants and sureties’ liabilities.

CCTV surveillance by your neighbour

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In this age where we are increasingly concerned about the protection of our home and its contents, more of us are considering the use of, and installing CCTV. But where does this leave us when the neighbour’s camera overlooks our garden or our home? Helen Porter, Associate Solicitor who specialises in property-related disputes, advises on the remedies.

Causing a Nuisance: Tree Root Damage

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Helen Porter here reviews two recent cases between neighbours regarding tree roots extending into properties, the importance of foreseeable risk, and gives guidance to commercial property owners on avoiding these risks.

Is your flue a safe flue?

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Does your home have a gas central heating system? Is your boiler situated away from an external wall? If so, then it is likely that your flue runs through your wall or ceiling void and so you need to be considering having new inspections hatches installed, warns Helen Porter, Litigation Lawyer.

Distress or Relief

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Commercial tenants have never been in favour of their landlord, or more usually a bailiff, turning up unannounced and seizing their goods in order to recover arrears of rent. However, they will soon be able to breathe a sigh of relief as the common law remedy of distress is being abolished and replaced by Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery (“CRAR”) from 6 April 2014.

Whose pitch is it anyway?

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Acquiring land by adverse possession is the process by which a person who is not the legal owner of the land can become the legal owner by possessing the land for a specified period of time. Here we review a recent case and the implications this has on the future of land possession.

Landowners can stop the clock on public usage rights

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Public use of privately owned open spaces is on the line following the introduction of legislation that allows landowners to bring to an end recreational use of land as a village or town green. Helen Porter, Head of Litigation at Hampshire based law firm Warner Goodman Commercial, advises here how the new law could open the way to more building development by giving landowners the chance to challenge usage rights to prevent registration of village greens.

Advice for landlords after recent tenancy deposit ruling

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The Government has now responded to the Court of Appeal’s recent ruling on another tenancy deposit issue which has caused consternation for many landlords. Here Helen Porter, Head of Warner Goodman Commercial’s litigation department, reviews the case and advises how landlords should proceed.

Certain Overriding Interests to Lose Status

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On 12 October 2013, the ten year transitional period under the Land Registration Act 2002 (‘the Act’) will draw to a close and a small number of interests in land will lose their status as ‘overriding interests’.

An ‘overriding interest’ is an interest that binds an owner or purchaser of land, despite no record of the interest appearing on the registered title. Common overriding interests include short leases, certain easements and rights of people in actual occupation of the land.

The Late Payment of Commercial Debts Regulations 2013...what do they mean to you?

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The Late Payment of Commercial Debts Regulations 2013 came into force on 16 March 2013, bringing with them the need for businesses to review their current supply contracts. Here Helen Porter, head of Warner Goodman Commercial’s Dispute Resolution Team, looks at what this means for you and your clients and advises the best course of action for the future.

You're going to have to fight for your right to light

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New plans designed to encourage large building projects and increase the amount of homes available on the market could leave Hampshire residents in the dark as the Government plans changes to rights to light, warns the Commercial Property Team from Hampshire based law firm Warner Goodman LLP.