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Our commercial and business solicitors regularly write about related legal news and topics and welcome your comments on our posts. If you would like more information on our services, please don't hesitate to get in touch on 0175 321 6399.

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The sale of new-build houses as leasehold to be banned - what does this mean for developers?

David Baybut
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The Communities Secretary, James Brokenshire MP announced in a speech to the Chartered Institute of Housing conference in Manchester on 27 June 2019 that all new-build houses will be sold as freehold and there will be zero ground rent for new leases of...

What is a full repairing and insuring lease and what does it mean for tenants?

Paul Davies
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Landlords and/or their agents will often, after agreeing the basic terms with a tenant, send out to them heads of terms containing a number of terms and conditions that may seem straightforward and innocuous but often need a level of knowledge that a first...

Updated HMO licensing rules

Jonathon Waterhouse
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New rules relating to Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) came into effect in England on 1 October 2018 without much fanfare and under the radar of many landlords. As a result of the new rules properties that did not require licencing previously may...

What are my legal obligations as a landlord of a commercial building?

David Baybut
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Being a commercial landlord can be highly rewarding but it also entails a number of legal responsibilities. Make sure you don’t fall foul of the law with our simple guide. What fire regulations do I need to comply with? The Regulatory Reform...

Ten things to do when preparing your property and business for sale

Kate Bullen
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Once a seller has agreed a sale for a property they are keen to see progress as quickly as possible. Lack of preparation can significantly affect the early progress in a transaction. Follow these ten tips to prepare for a quick sale: Collate your ...

Appeal Court finds business rates have been incorrectly charged on ATMs since 2010

Alistair Gregory
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Supermarket, shop and petrol station owners who have previously been charged business rates for having an ATM located on their premises may be eligible for refunds. In 2013 it was decided that external facing ATMs should be treated as separate...

Bribery case has implications for firms of all sizes

Mark Williams
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In a case which is the first of its kind and has implications for companies of all sizes, a small interior design company has been convicted under ‘failure to prevent bribery’ legislation.   The court was told that a former director of...

Rent arrears - five top tips for residential landlords

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Following the festive period, tenants can often fall into rent arrears. Investing time at the start of the year to review your tenant’s rental payments can therefore help you identify issues at an early stage. This is exemplified by the...

Is your business owed money?

Kerrie Ainscough
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Cashflow is at the centre of any successful business. Invoicing early and chasing payment should help keep cashflow moving however sometimes your polite reminders just aren’t enough and the money you are owed isn’t forthcoming. Unpaid debts...

Protecting yourself as a charitable trustee

Louise Hebborn
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Following the recent decision by the insolvency service to bring disqualification proceedings against the former directors of children’s charity Keeping Kids Company, the conduct of charitable trustees is more pertinent than ever. Launching as a...

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