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.
The government’s reported plans to merge high street use classes raises questions about the use class system as a whole.
The Upper Tribunal has reconfirmed that empty properties undergoing refurbishment or improvement should have a nil or reduced rates assessment, dismissing a Valuation Office Agency (VOA) appeal that attempted to limit the 2017 Supreme Court ruling in Newbigin v Monk.
The government’s 192-page consultation paper on the Building Safety Bill, while not a light read, should not be skipped through or ignored.
I wasn’t surprised that the UK Supreme Court accepted the Valuation Office Agency’s (VOA’s) petition to appeal against the Court of Appeal’s ruling that ATM floorspace should not be separately assessed for rates – just extremely disappointed, for various reasons.
The rocky relationship between Mike Ashley and Debenhams raises interesting questions around protection for commercial tenants. Where landlords’ actions exceed the usual battles over rent and renewal, what can be done if ulterior motives drive the landlord to force the tenant out – or potentially even drive them out of ...
A shopping centre is anchored by a department store. The department store closes; no other retailer is willing to take over. Alongside the anchor store, a row of shops is now economically obsolete, but they do not empty overnight; the leases have not expired. There is no demand for any ...
Earlier this month, the Environment Agency said that England’s flood planners must prepare for the worst when it came to climate change. This is the first time I’ve heard the government be open.