Extension of Permitted Development Rights
At the end of last month the Government announced a number of changes to permitted development rights, including allowing the change of use from offices (Class B1(a)) to residential (Class C3) without the need for planning permission. The intention of the new scheme is to make best use of existing developed sites and facilitate speedier conversion of redundant office space into desirable residential accommodation.
Draft Finance Bill 2013: Implications for High Value UK Residential Property
Sarah Reynolds looks at the impact of the imminent Finance Bill 2013 on high end residential properties in the UK.
Property Update: Coming Up in 2013
The government wants to show that it is serious about stimulating the economy and spearheading the necessary growth to drag the country out of recession. It remains to be seen whether the liberalisation of planning laws will kickstart economic activity, but the climate certainly appears to be shifting in favour of allowing development. As a result, it is more important than ever that both developers and residents are aware of the forthcoming changes to the law, and how they will be affected.
Give Me a Break!
Break clauses and their exercise continue to cause headaches. James Daglish explains further.
Criminal Sanctions for Squatting
After much debate, the offence of squatting has entered the statute books.
Chancel Repair Liability Update
What is the position as regards chancel repair liability after 12 October 2013?
Carbon Emission Reporting
Building on his previous articles on the Carbon Reduction Commitment, Simon Catt looks at the new and expected requirements on greenhouse gas emission reporting
The Shifting Sands of the Licensing Regime
Following on from his article on the Live Music Act, James Daglish outlines more of the changes which 2012 has brought to the Licensing Regime
Service Charge Demands Void for not including Landlord’s Address
The importance of including correct information in demands and notices is well-recognised. However, the recent decision by the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) in Beitov Properties Ltd v Martin  UKUT 133 (LC) has served to highlight this, in the context of a claim for service charge arrears arising under a lease.
Another Instalment in Mark Kendrick’s Cautionary Tales of the Requirement for Tenant Strict Compliance
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