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Getting paid post pandemic: advice for businesses with overdue debts

Julie Hunter
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The pandemic has been a very difficult time for most businesses and while the latest set of restrictions have now largely been lifted in England and Wales, the financial impact of the last two years is likely to last for some time. In such difficult...

Directors beware! The pitfalls of post pandemic company dissolution

Julie Hunter
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On 15 December 2021 The Ratings (Coronavirus) and Directors Disqualification (Dissolved Companies) Act 2021 gained royal assent. Under this new legislation, directors of dissolved companies which received financial assistance during the pandemic face...

Electrical safety standards for residential landlords

Matthew Smith
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The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 imposed new obligations on private landlords of residential properties . The regulations came into force on 1 June 2020 and they have applied to all new tenancies from...

Government brings in new restrictions on winding up petitions

Julie Hunter
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As the previous restrictions preventing any creditor from presenting a winding up petition to the court expired on 30 September 2021, new legislation has now been put in place, in a further effort to reduce the number of companies being wound up by the...

Old eviction notice periods to return

Sophie Chilstone
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On the 9 September 2021, new regulations were announced to come into force on the 1 October 2021. The result of these regulations coming into force means that from 1 October 2021, there will be a new Form 6A for a Section 21 Notice and a new Form 3 for...

Government extends restrictions on winding up petitions but ends protection for directors against wrongful trading liability

Julie Hunter
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As we reported in earlier blogs, part of the package of measures implemented by the government in efforts to protect companies from creditor enforcement, was to impose a prohibition on the presentation of winding up petitions and the making of winding up...

Commercial forfeiture restrictions extended

Matthew Smith
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On 16 June 2021, the government announced that the restrictions on commercial forfeiture for unpaid rent arrears has been extended until 25 March 2022. The restrictions, which have been in place since 26 March 2020, were due to be lifted on 30 June 2021....

No extension to eviction ban

Sophie Chilstone
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In May 2021, the government announced that the eviction ban then in place until 31 May 2021, will not be extended further. The news was a relief for many landlords who obtained an order for possession prior to the pandemic and since the stay of...

Government extends ban on winding up petitions to 30 June 2021

Julie Hunter
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As expected, the government has further extended the temporary protections given to companies by the Corporate Insolvency & Governance Act 2020, by extending the moratorium on serving statutory demands and presenting winding up petitions to 30 June...

New rules and procedures for landlords in the private rented sector regarding electrical safety standards

Lucy Bishop
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On 1st June 2020, The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 came into force. The regulations require landlords to have the fixed electrical installations in their properties inspected and tested by a person who...

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