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Property legal opinion

Comment from legal experts about legislation affecting the property sector.

Mossack Fonseca, Panama Papers

Who really owns property?

22 May 2017

Property Week’s report on Who Owns London revealed some interesting insights earlier this year and now the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has launched a consultation on a Beneficial Ownership Register to increase the transparency of overseas ...

The Cheesegrater

Good news for UK plc as foreign money flows into London offices

19 May 2017

The Brexit referendum decision was arguably the most significant political event to have occurred in this country in decades.

Hotel room

Pressure on Airbnb will only increase this year

16 May 2017

As the growth and popularity of Airbnb continues to accelerate at a significant pace, so too does the interest of government and regulators.

Audley Retirement Runnymede

Planned code of conduct will clarify retirement home operators’ fees

4 May 2017

Event fees are an intrinsic part of the retirement village model. Used properly, they allow operators to invest in upgrading and maintaining communal facilities to the high standard required.

Construction

Are Londoners starting to see rent as a long-term housing option?

18 April 2017

The writing is on the wall, but we’re reluctant to admit it. Owning a home remains the dream of most Londoners, despite it becoming so vastly out of reach for so many.

Construction

Complete abolition of CIL is the only way to rev up housebuilding

18 April 2017

Since its introduction in 2010, the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) has been far from the fairer, faster and more transparent system of securing developer contributions to infrastructure that it was intended to be.

Dilapidated property

Dilapidations - a two-way street

13 April 2017

Managing dilapidation claims can be like getting blood out of the proverbial stone, especially where tenants are not aware of their lease obligations, which causes headaches for many a landlord.

West End

Government defence of business rate rises is unlikely to stem outcry

6 April 2017

The business rates revaluation is proving particularly incendiary, with ratepayers up in arms over increases and the government fighting hard to defend its position.

Case news

Legal consultation

Relying on section 49 LPA 1925 – can you be rock solid?

7 February 2017

The payment of a deposit by a buyer to a seller under a contract for sale is a fundamental part of a transaction since it comprises the “consideration” that all first year law students learn is necessary – along with offer and acceptance – for the formation of a binding agreement between parties.

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