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  • Office
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    ​Office leases of the future

    2021-12-06T14:26:00Z

    The future of the office and its role in the commercial world is a popular debate. Whatever your view, it is difficult to deny that the role of the office is changing. 

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    ​How might stamp duty rules on mixed-use and multiple dwellings change?

    2021-12-06T14:20:00Z

    The government is consulting on making changes to the stamp duty rules on mixed-use and multiple dwelling transactions. The proposed changes, which are significant, are unlikely to be introduced until autumn 2022.

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    Offsetting can close the carbon gap, but it is no climate fix

    2021-12-06T13:03:00Z

    Real estate clients are increasingly making corporate commitments to become net zero within a relatively short period of time. 

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    Let’s build genuinely inclusive places

    2021-12-03T09:36:00Z

    As we mark International Day of Persons with Disabilities, it is a fitting time to shine the spotlight on an issue that deserves to be higher up property’s ESG agenda. We talk about creating spaces that work for everyone but while access is factored into design and planning, the more ...

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    London’s repurposing renaissance

    2021-12-02T00:00:00Z

    Retail has faced significant structural change over the years – with an excess of retail space and the rise of online retailing, combined with the 2008 recession, leading to a swathe of retail business failures and consequent high street vacancies.

  • Casa by Moda neighbourhood
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    Rental is a key part of the housing mix

    2021-12-02T00:00:00Z

    The government has been banging the drum for new housing for years, with its 300,000 target tattooed on the sector’s collective mindset. But what the government doesn’t say, and what we at Moda know to be true, is that a big chunk of those new homes need to be rental ...

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    Gove must avoid levelling down

    2021-12-02T00:00:00Z

    Just when we thought the worst of Covid was behind us, along comes Omicron. It may or may not be massively serious but meanwhile travel restrictions are tightened, supply chains disrupted and life in general is just a tad more miserable.

  • Office
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    Family values can aid investment

    2021-12-02T00:00:00Z

    After nearly 18 months of largely standing on the side lines, family offices are eager to deploy capital in real estate markets across the UK, but remain selective in their investments.

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    COP26: reasons to be cheerful

    2021-12-02T00:00:00Z

    One of the most dangerous symptoms of climate anxiety is a feeling that the problems are too great and we can’t – as individuals or industries – make a difference.

  • Finance chart Covid-19
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    ​Can new arbitration process solve Covid rent arrears disputes?

    2021-11-25T11:37:00Z

    On 9 November 2021, the government introduced The Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Bill to parliament with the intention of establishing a legally binding arbitration process for commercial landlords and tenants who have not already reached an agreement to sit outside the court process.

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    Rail is a key route to level up UK

    2021-11-25T00:00:00Z

    Storms in the Midlands ahead of COP26 felled trees and cancelled rail services, forcing some delegates to seek alternatives such as flying or hiring a car. The incident brought into focus not only the impacts of climate change, but the importance of a resilient public transport network.

  • Michael Gove
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    Planet Property is turning green

    2021-11-25T00:00:00Z

    The age-old development model rests on the bedrock of being able to build back better – and the bigger the better. But this assumption is being undermined by climate change concerns, amplified by COP26 this month.

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    Factor social good into equation

    2021-11-25T00:00:00Z

    Property has had a largely dismal time in the past 18 months. Some of the UK’s biggest REITs reported £7bn of losses for the year to 31 March, several open-ended funds threw in the towel and there was the realisation that government was on the side of the tenant, not ...

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    Placemaking can save the arts

    2021-11-25T00:00:00Z

    In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, London’s cultural scene is more at risk than ever. Museums, theatres and art galleries were forced to close their doors for nearly 18 months, creating extreme uncertainty for the industry and those whose livelihoods depended on it.

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    The industry must act now on climate

    2021-11-25T00:00:00Z

    As world leaders turn their attention to tackling climate change following COP26 in Glasgow and governments develop key commitments, this is an opportunity for industry to step up and do its part. Because if there is one thing we have learned from recent climate research, it’s that we do not ...

  • Housebuilding
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    ​Embodied carbon remains the elephant in the room

    2021-11-24T11:39:00Z

    COP26 laid bare the acknowledgement of a climate emergency, with consequent declarations and legislation asserting political will, albeit not going far enough in some minds. 

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    ​How will new arbitration bill affect commercial landlords and tenants?

    2021-11-23T16:42:00Z

    The government has introduced a new code and legally binding process for landlords and tenants of commercial property to assist them in reaching a resolution where a tenant has accrued rent arrears.

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    ​Scotland’s buy-to-let landlords have felt the pinch – but how many have left the sector?

    2021-11-23T15:56:00Z

    Five years ago, a gamut of changes brought warnings of an exodus of private landlords from Scotland’s private rented sector.

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    ​COP26: reasons to be cheerful

    2021-11-23T14:17:00Z

    One of the most dangerous symptoms of climate anxiety is a feeling that the world’s problems are just too great and that we can’t – as individuals or even industries – make a difference. It’s enough to demotivate even the most strident environmentalist. 

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    ​Commonplace: Giving everyone a role in solving climate change

    2021-11-23T12:46:00Z

    What if there was a way for every local community to have an immediate and positive influence on the way that their neighbourhood adapts to climate change? Commonplace has been showing exactly how it can be done.