Articles for the topic Real Estate

More Break Clause Gremlins

Mark Kendrick gives his latest instalment of seeming injustice for tenants when seeking to exercise break clauses.


Help for Landlords Recovering Cost of Major Works

The Supreme Court’s decision in Daejan v Benson may help landlords recover the costs of major works through the service charge, even if they fail to carry out the statutory consultation procedure.

Rights to Light – Consultation Paper Published by Law Commission

A consultation paper has recently been published relating to rights to light. This article looks at the key recommendations made and considers the possible effects of any changes.


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 Clause!

Break clauses and their exercise continue to cause headaches.


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?