Supreme Court rules in favour of electronic notices

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The Supreme Court has ruled in favour of Westminster City Council’s decision to serve a completion notice via email in a judgement which could impact the future validity of all property notices.

In UKI (Kingsway) v Westminster City Council, the Court ruled that Westminster’s delivery of a completion notice was valid despite the fact that the notice was delivered electronically via a receptionist from a third party employed by UKI. Completion notices, which are served by local authorities specify the date from which a complete development needs to start paying business rates, are ordinarily served in paper directly to the building owner.

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