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COVID-19 and the impact on commercial landlords

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There has been much in the news recently about the support available from the Government for businesses in an attempt to save the high street and the economy, but little has been said about the effect on commercial landlords. Jenny Colvin in our ...

COVID 19 - what does it mean for commercial tenants?

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On 23 March 2020, the Government announced a lockdown for the United Kingdom in order to fight the outbreak of coronavirus. This meant that hundreds of thousands of businesses, large and small, were forced to close their doors to both their staff and the...

Changes to planning use classes; what does this mean for commercial property owners and occupiers?

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In amongst all the drama of 2020, it may have been easy to overlook the biggest overhaul of the planning system since the 1940s. Huge changes came into effect on 1 September 2020 and Jenny Colvin , Partner in our Commercial Property team, answers some of...

Extending the lease on my leasehold flat

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When you buy residential leasehold property, such as a flat, you buy a term of years which has a finite, known end date. Whilst this term is unlikely to expire in your lifetime, mortgage lenders have recently become more and more unwilling to loan money...

Celebrating 100 years of women practising law

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On Christmas Eve, 1919, history was made. Helena Normanton became the first woman in England and Wales to join the Inns of Court; the first step towards qualifying as a barrister. This made her the first female lawyer in the history of this country. This followed the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919 obtaining Royal Assent on 23 December 1919, which amended the previous law that precluded women entering into the legal profession. Jenny Colvin, Commercial Property Partner, follows the path of Helena Normanton and celebrates the legacy she left for females in the legal industry today.

Developments in limbo - nitrates in the Solent halts planning process

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Many developments across the Solent region are currently in limbo following the decision of several local authorities to halt the grant of planning permissions for new houses and tourism related projects. This follows advice from Natural England after record levels of nitrates were found in the Solent. Jenny Colvin, Partner in our Commercial Property team, here explains why nitrates are impacting planning permission, which local authorities are affected and when you may be able to apply for planning permission.

Partnership grows stronger at local law firm

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We are delighted to announce the promotion of Jenny Colvin and Naushad Rahman to Partner status as of 1st May 2019, bringing our total number of Partners to 19.

GAGA about AGAs

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An option available to a tenant under a commercial lease is the ability to assign (or transfer) the lease to a third party. This will usually require the landlord’s consent. One of the conditions of a landlord giving their consent will inevitably be...

Changes to Stamp Duty Land Tax; will you be affected?

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The landscape of Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) has changed significantly over recent years, mainly for first time buyers. That landscape is set to change once more on 1 st March as the deadline for submitting SDLT returns will reduce. Jenny Colvin,...

Commercial Property Standard Enquiries - the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth

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If you have bought, sold or rented commercial property, then you may have heard your legal adviser refer to Commercial Property Standard Enquiries, or more commonly known CPSE. While the name may refer to them as ‘standard’, if you...

Dilapidations - the hidden costs of renting a commercial property

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The term ‘dilapidations’ refers to the wants of repair in a leasehold property for which the tenant is responsible. At the end of the term of the lease, the landlord will serve a terminal schedule of dilapidations on the tenant.

Jenny jumping for joy to support Portsmouth Down Syndrome Association!

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On 27th May, a member of the Commercial Property team at Warner Goodman will be facing their fear as they skydive for local charity, Portsmouth Down Syndrome Association.

What are the new regulations on Commercial Property Energy Performance Certificates?

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If you are a commercial property investor or a business tenant, you will inevitably have come across an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) over the last few years. They are required to be provided by a landlord upon the new letting of any commercial property on the open market and are the scale upon which the energy efficiency of a property is assessed.

Freehold management - the strategies

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With the influx of new Landlords prior to the Stamp Duty Land Tax (“SDLT”) rate increase on 1st April 2016, these Landlords will now need to consider the strategies of managing their properties and establish which method suits them best.