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Comment from legal experts about legislation affecting the property sector.

Construction

Legislation on the use of planning conditions may be superfluous

14 June 2017

Following government concerns about overly restrictive and unnecessary conditions causing delays to development, the Neighbourhood Planning Act 2017 includes provisions which, if brought into force, would permit the secretary of state to make regulations setting out that certain planning conditions may not be imposed in any circumstances.

Ground rents for sale

The ground rent trap may be unsprung sooner than expected

1 June 2017

The scandal of freehold ground rents has been widely publicised in recent times. After selling houses and flats with doubling ground rents between 2007 and 2011, Taylor Wimpey has set aside £130m to address this.

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.

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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