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Commercial Property

Keeping the Christmas Lights On - Legal Do's and Don'ts

As the festive season approaches, the sight of brightly coloured and dazzling light displays in and around our cities, towns and villages has become increasingly more common.

Love them or hate them, the lights and decorations will come out every year so here are some helpful tips and the relevant rules to keep in mind when transforming your own home into a magical Christmas winter wonderland:

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Posted in: Commercial Property

An Assured Shorthold Tenancy, not what you signed up for?

An Assured Short hold Tenancy (AST) is a tenancy of a residential property usually regarded as a short-term tenancy. However, the legislation governing AST's does not specify a maximum term a lease has to be for it to be an AST. Therefore, a long residential lease could satisfy the criteria. It is important to know if your long residential lease is an AST as it provides Landlords with certain mandatory rights to terminate the lease during its term and takes away a tenants right to first refusal.

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New rules likely to lead to a reduction in planning conditions

In an attempt to reduce delays between the grant of planning permission and work starting on site, with effect from 1 October 2018, the Government has introduced new rules that mean that, subject to exceptions, planning permission for the development of land in England cannot be granted or modified subject to pre-commencement conditions without the agreement of the applicant.

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The importance of overage agreements in the sale of develop-able land

What is an overage agreement?

An overage agreement is a formal agreement entered into by the seller and buyer of property where there is a reasonable expectation that it will be developed, or that a valuable planning permission may be granted, allowing the land to be sold at an increased value as a result.

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Planning permission needed for advertisements – a sign of the times?

Most people know that you may need planning permission if you’re extending your house, demolishing a building or constructing a new one. What many people don’t appreciate though is that you might also need permission to install a sign or other type of advertisement.

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3 top tips for relocating your business

Looking to relocate your business? Here are 3 top tips from Commercial Property expert Amie Leyden. 

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New rights to convert light industrial buildings to residential now in force

Creating more housing remains one of the Government’s top priorities. In an effort to encourage this, as well as making permanent the right to convert from offices to residential, from 1 October 2017, a temporary permitted development right has been granted to allow conversion of light industrial buildings (within planning class B1(c)) to residential (class C3) without the need for planning permission.

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What landlords need to know when letting to student tenants.

The time of year has come again where thousands of students head to university, either for the start of their course or as returning students.

This means a huge increase in business for private landlords and letting agents in towns and cities across England. Furthermore, students are receiving more advice and guidance about what they should expect from their tenancy agreements with their respective landlords. In light of this, landlords should be aware of their legal obligations to ensure that tenancies are problem free, keeping the relationship between landlords and students positive. 

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Fly Tipping – What a Load of Rubbish!

Fly tipping has long been a menace for owners of rural land and is now  increasingly so for commercial property owners in urban areas. 

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The law of the land: beginners guide to adverse possession.

Adverse possession is a principle of property law that applies to both residential and commercial property. It is the legal basis on which a person, who is not the legal owner of land, can become the legal owner by possessing the land for a specified period of time. Such a person is often referred to as a “squatter”, but in this blog is referred to as an “occupier”. The process is different for registered land and unregistered land. This blog deals with registered land as it is more common.

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