All Expert comment articles – Page 18

  • Houses
    Insight

    ​What will the Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Bill mean in practice?

    2021-11-15T17:19:00Z

    The Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Bill is the first part of what the government calls “the most significant changes to property law in a generation”. The bill has made its way through the House of Lords and is currently awaiting debate in the House of Commons.

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    ​Postcard from COP26

    2021-11-15T17:13:00Z

    The Caledonian Sleeper train service has been saved from the axe a couple of times. If ever its time has come then it is surely during COP26. There was a sense of excitement about boarding an overnight train to Scotland with a bar and restaurant. It wasn’t quite Agatha Christie ...

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    Insight

    ​New commercial rent debt arbitration process offers respite for some tenants

    2021-11-12T12:15:00Z

    On 9 November, a revised Code of Practice was issued by the government reiterating that where commercial tenants cannot afford to pay their rents in full as a result of the pandemic the parties should try to reach a negotiated agreement to waive or postpone arrears where able to do ...

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    Property can help level up the UK

    2021-11-11T00:00:00Z

    The Autumn Budget clearly signalled the government’s intention to look beyond the pandemic to the agenda of rebuilding, including its manifesto pledge to level up the UK.

  • Broadgate
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    Partnership is key to net zero goal

    2021-11-11T00:00:00Z

    As COP26 comes to a close, one thing is clear: extremely challenging net zero targets will only be achieved by bold partnerships, whether that is between national governments or private sector organisations.

  • Climate handshake
    Professional

    Energy efficiency is a win-win

    2021-11-11T00:00:00Z

    Global climate alignment has been under the microscope in Glasgow and one thing is becoming apparent: the commercial property sector faces change. 

  • Venice Biennale
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    Designs for a sustainable life

    2021-11-11T00:00:00Z

    As a prequel to COP26, and to coincide with the current architectural biennale, the US-based Design Intelligence group hosted a two-city event in Rome, then Venice discussing sustainability and its implications for architecture and architects.

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    ESG: views from the coal face

    2021-11-11T00:00:00Z

    In September, CBRE’s research team surveyed over 200 UK clients to establish the ‘state of play’ on the full range of social and environmental sustainability issues the real estate industry is being asked to tackle, including climate change, biodiversity, pollution, waste, health and wellbeing and responsible business.

  • Square Mile London
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    Why confidence is key in the City

    2021-11-11T00:00:00Z

    The old saying ‘confidence is key’ has never been more relevant as we continue to see a return of the buzz, vibrancy and entrepreneurial spark that has come to characterise the Square Mile.

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    ​Former England footballer Luther Blissett on why social housing is vital to the future of UK communities

    2021-11-09T13:47:00Z

    In response to the growing need for quality, affordable housing, Watford Community Housing and Watford Borough Council are delivering a £15.2m programme of 56 new homes for social rent, helping to address the shortage of affordable housing in Watford and improve social inclusion.

  • Business rates
    Insight

    ​Green business rates and climate change adaptation

    2021-11-09T12:00:00Z

    The business rates announcements made in the Autumn Spending Review did not go far enough for many. Rather than abolishing the system entirely, the chancellor instead opted to make it “fairer, more responsive and more supportive of investment” by introducing a number of additional reliefs.

  • MMC housing
    Online

    ​The practical implementation of modular construction

    2021-11-09T10:45:00Z

    Homes England’s recent allocation of funds under the Affordable Housing Programme will be music to the ears of many registered providers (RPs).

  • Heat cost allocator
    Online

    ​Upcoming deadlines for new Heat Network Regulations are unrealistic

    2021-11-08T11:44:00Z

    With not one but two deadlines looming for the Heat Network Regulations, time is running out for landlords to make their buildings compliant.

  • COP26 sign
    Online

    Optimism in the air at COP26

    2021-11-05T17:08:00Z

    Six years since COP24 in Paris and only a little longer since Greta Thunberg came to world attention, the great city of Glasgow will become synonymous with the fight against climate change (we don’t mention COP25). 

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    Online

    ​The Leasehold Reform Bill does little to satisfy the concerns of existing leaseholders

    2021-11-04T16:48:00Z

    While there may be good intentions behind the government’s Leasehold Reform Bill currently before the House of Commons, as it currently stands the bill will do little to address one of the main issues at the heart of the property industry – spiralling ground rents.

  • Facebook Dublin HQ
    Insight

    Is metaverse the future of work?

    2021-11-04T00:00:00Z

    As the corporate world collectively comes off mute, slippers are swapped for shoes and commuting is again part of our daily routines, we’re stepping out of 18 months of remote work and into hybrid working.

  • COP26 sign
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    We must make sensible changes

    2021-11-04T00:00:00Z

    The media have been gorging themselves on COP26 all this week despite the obvious, which is that as ever with conferences of this kind, there will be lots of hot air and promises and very little action will follow.

  • The Granary Building seen from Goods Way, 2018
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    Offices: time to lean in to change

    2021-11-04T00:00:00Z

    To return or not to return? When to return and how? These are the questions being asked in homes and boardrooms alike. 

  • Office building vertical garden
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    Climate is REITs’ biggest challenge

    2021-11-04T00:00:00Z

    George Bernard Shaw said “beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance”, and the real estate industry is having to gen up on climate change fast.

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    Insight

    Better retirement communities will reduce the social care burden

    2021-11-04T00:00:00Z

    The government’s lack of focus on social care is perplexing. But whatever the policy development process, it is clear our country’s approach to social care will never be the same again.