Landlord,Tenant and Property News

When Is a Commercial Lease Surrendered?June 23, 2016

When is a commercial lease surrendered? In one guideline case, the High Court has ruled that neither returning the keys, nor changing the locks, nor...

High Court Overturns Community Infrastructure Levy DemandMay 18, 2016

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) was introduced as a means of raising cash from developers to fund public projects. However, it is not always welcome...

Unreasonable Building Contract Term UnenforceableMay 4, 2016

Contracts have to be reasonable to be enforceable, and that is one good reason why professional drafting is essential. In a case which clearly illustrates...

Attack on Contract Adjudicator’s Honesty Thrown OutApril 20, 2016

Adjudication and arbitration are methods often used in the construction industry in the hope that they will achieve speedier and less costly dispute resolution than...

Attack on Contract Adjudicator’s Honesty Thrown OutApril 20, 2016

Adjudication and arbitration are methods often used in the construction industry in the hope that they will achieve speedier and less costly dispute resolution than...

New Lease, New Compliance BurdenApril 6, 2016

After 1 February 2016, landlords entering into residential leases, having new lodgers or allowing anyone to occupy a property they own for residential purposes are...

Retentions Consultation – Changes Ahead for the Construction Industry?March 21, 2016

The review of how retention arrangements work in the construction industry, recently announced by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, will be welcomed by...

Indirect Contract Limitation Not Valid, Rules CourtMarch 7, 2016

A cunning attempt to invoke a limitation clause in a contract failed recently in court. The case involved a building contract for cladding that was fitted...

Administrative Error Does Not Quash Planning ApplicationFebruary 19, 2016

Basement extensions have become hugely controversial, particularly in Central London, and that was certainly so in one case in which the French Government tried to...

Arbitration Fast-Track for Smaller DisputesFebruary 3, 2016

In a bid to preserve the attractiveness of arbitration in the wake of the faster and less expensive procedures for dealing with disputes by litigation...