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WeWork London

Do WeWork’s special-purpose vehicles pose a risk to landlords?

2019-09-12T23:00:00+01:00By Thomas White

The WeWork model is not atypical when it comes to ownership of property.

Telecommunications mast

How has the Electronic Communications Code affected landlords in practice?

2019-08-29T23:00:00+01:00By Zoe Wright

In 2010, the government pledged to deliver broadband to “every community in the UK” by 2015, but nine years later this target has still not been achieved.

Office construction

How can procurement mitigate the risks of office development?

2019-08-14T09:26:00+01:00By Richard Steer

According to the latest Deloitte crane survey, activity in the office sector continues apace, with 3.5m sq ft started in London alone over the six months to May – a 38% increase on the previous survey last autumn.

Empty high street shops

Is there still value in keep-open covenants for retail landlords?

2019-08-14T08:57:00+01:00By Alison Hardy & Kim Clifford

The fragility of the retail sector poses a real difficulty for landlords in protecting the value of their assets. Many retail leases include keep-open covenants but enforcement can be problematic with only limited options available: seeking an injunction, claiming damages or forfeiting the lease.

Brexit EU and UK boxes

How can tenants rid themselves of unwanted office premises?

2019-07-24T09:21:00+01:00By Jason Juden

Earlier this month, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) withdrew its appeal against the High Court ruling that its lease was still valid and Brexit did not operate to frustrate it.

William Hill

Would CVAs prove a good bet for troubled bookmaker chains?

2019-07-24T09:38:00+01:00By David Williams

When William Hill announced that it was consulting with landlords over plans to close 700 betting shops, other big retail bookmakers such as GVC Holdings (parent company of Ladbrooks Coral) and Betfred made similar noises. This follows the government’s decision to cut the maximum stake on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs).

London houses

The time for change: what to expect from the property agent working group’s report

2019-07-12T12:04:00+01:00By Nigel Howell

Since the Regulation of Property Agents Working Group first convened last year, details of its deliberations have been scant. However, the group is now preparing to share its report – an important development in the government’s leasehold and sector reform agenda.


Is the planning use class system still fit for purpose?

2019-07-10T23:00:00+01:00By Nicola Gooch

The government’s reported plans to merge high street use classes raises questions about the use class system as a whole.

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