All Expert comment articles – Page 5

  • London
    Insight

    It’s great to see the City bouncing back

    2022-03-25T00:00:00Z

    Last week’s Mipim in Cannes was buzzing, with the organisers hailing an attendance of 23,000 – just 15% down on 2019’s pre-pandemic turnout.

  • Rental contract
    Insight

    ​What impact will Leasehold Reform Act have?

    2022-03-24T15:48:00Z

    We anticipate that the Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Act 2022 – now law but not yet in force – will be triggered and brought into force within the next six months. Effectively, this abolishes the ability to charge ground rents where developers are selling flats or houses on long leases.

  • Japanese Knotweed
    Insight

    ​RICS guidance on Japanese knotweed is welcome news for surveyors

    2022-03-24T15:15:00Z

    RICS has just released its long-awaited guidance for surveyors on Japanese knotweed, with the apparent intention to limit the effect it has on the property market.

  • Shopping centre
    Insight

    Regional hubs show how retail can reinvent itself

    2022-03-24T15:10:00Z

    We know retail has to mix it up, but it does not have to reinvent the wheel. There are regional cities creating successful retail hubs that we can learn from. In various suburbs, clusters of independent retailers are performing well.

  • 2021.07.29_Grainger_0298
    Insight

    Separating home from the office

    2022-03-24T00:00:00Z

    It has been great to see the streets of London so much busier in recent weeks. Life is returning to the city’s office hubs and a more ‘normal’ way of working life is materialising.

  • Worried old lady with gas bill shutterstock_1347745217 Solarisys PW250322
    Insight

    We must tackle the fuel poverty crisis

    2022-03-24T00:00:00Z

    The importance of good-quality, affordable and well-insulated homes has never been more hotly debated, for residents of affordable housing as well as private owners. When Countryside is in discussion with its partners about their ambitions for estate regeneration, they will say warm, affordable homes are a top priority.

  • Sadiq in a hat 2016
    Insight

    Sadiq Khan must open door to builders

    2022-03-24T00:00:00Z

    London mayor Sadiq Khan would rather sup with the devil than a developer, even though the latter might be able to help with a looming political liability: namely broken promises on affordable housing delivery.

  • IoT concept
    Insight

    How will metaverse affect CRE?

    2022-03-24T00:00:00Z

    June 1992: American writer Neal Stephenson publishes Snow Crash, a dystopian novel in which the term ‘metaverse’ is coined. Fast-forward 30 years and here we are, watching the metaverse erupt out of the imagination and evolve into a real-world concept.

  • Cafe closed Covid sign
    Insight

    Two years on from the first lockdown, what have we learned?

    2022-03-23T00:00:00Z

    Today marks the anniversary of Britain going into the first lockdown in 2020. It will also be our second National Day of Reflection. 

  • Housing generic
    Insight

    ​How to achieve affordable housing targets

    2022-03-22T15:39:00Z

    Much has been said and written about the planning system needing widespread reforms, even more so as we await the next iteration of the NPPF.

  • Cannes_shutterstock_1396732994_cred saiko3p
    Insight

    ​London – the view from Mipim

    2022-03-22T15:36:00Z

    After a pandemic-induced hiatus, it was a welcome return to Mipim last week, where more than 20,000 attendees tackled some of the big issues for the property, real estate and corporate sectors.

  • Mipim 2019
    Insight

    ​Lessons learned in two decades of Mipims

    2022-03-21T09:47:00Z

    This is my 20th Mipim and it may be my last. Provence is still as beautiful: sunlit lavender bays and hypnotic azure sky. But everything else has changed. When I first saw the Croisette, my eldest son was in a baby-grow and I could cradle him in one arm. 

  • Rental contract
    Insight

    ​What next as restrictions on landlord remedies are lifted?

    2022-03-18T12:53:00Z

    The much-anticipated Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Bill is progressing through the final stages of the legislative process and is expected to be enacted by the end of March.

  • LG Science Park (12)
    Insight

    ​Why business and science parks will thrive in a post-pandemic world

    2022-03-18T11:46:00Z

    Changing workplace requirements has reignited interest in business and science parks. As the property manager of 25 science and business parks across the UK, MAPP is well-placed to provide a compelling argument for why they will thrive.

  • Mobile connectivity
    Insight

    ​What are the commercial models for indoor mobile coverage?

    2022-03-18T10:31:00Z

    While the drive for sustainability in commercial real estate is good news for the planet, it is bad news for indoor mobile signal. 

  • Solar panels
    Insight

    It’s time to get radical on net zero

    2022-03-17T08:30:00Z

    The target of reaching net zero by 2050 requires each and every one of us to rise to the occasion, make commitments and challenge ourselves.

  • Putin-shutterstock_2131360371-Photographer-RM-PW180322
    News

    A Russian threat on the home front

    2022-03-17T00:00:00Z

    “Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” Mike Tyson’s famous quip has a chilling resonance for a world plotting a recovery from a global pandemic – but now facing off an infinitely nastier brute.

  • Working from home
    Insight

    Flexibility rules in the rented sector

    2022-03-17T00:00:00Z

    Like all real estate types, the beds-for-rent sector has seen accelerated change in the past two years. Whether it is PBSA, BTR or co-living, the focus has shifted to more adaptable and functional space, underpinned by technology, customer-focused service and genuine differentiation.

  • Investment
    Insight

    Investor confidence is on the rise

    2022-03-17T00:00:00Z

    Investor confidence throughout Covid and Brexit has swung radically between despair and hope. Covid rocked the foundations of our built environment, economy and businesses, causing significant variation between performance in industries and investment types.

  • Energy efficiency
    Insight

    Service charge issue here to stay

    2022-03-17T00:00:00Z

    Despite the initial hopes of policymakers and politicians that a resurgence in inflation would be a temporary phenomenon, it is becoming clear that the likelihood of a widespread cost-of-living crisis is gathering pace.