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Happy News Year for Leasehold Homeowners

In the first working week of the New Year, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick announced major reforms to the way that houses and flats are owned in England and Wales. The changes could affect more than 4 million leaseholders across England and Wales.

The government has come under increasing pressure in recent years to tackle what Read More

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Powering our Net Zero Future – What does the Energy White Paper have in store?

The government published its Energy White Paper in December 2020, making a clear statement of its commitment to the 2050 Net Zero target and setting out a trajectory for meeting it.

The proposals are wide-ranging, with various policy suggestions affecting consumers, power generation and energy transmission, energy consumption in buildings and their energy efficiency, industrial Read More

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Ten CIL lessons 2020

We are now – thankfully – firmly out of 2020 and in the hands of 2021. Although reviewing the past year may not initially seem an appealing prospect, it is nonetheless a worthwhile one. 2020 delivered some important takeaways for advisers and developers for the coming year – particularly so in the realm of the Read More

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Important changes to DAC6 regime in the UK

Speedread

The UK has made important changes to its implementation of the EU Mandatory Tax Disclosure Rules known as DAC6. The changes, which significantly reduce the scope of the rules in the UK, are largely good news for UK taxpayers and their advisers. The effect is that DAC6 reports will be required more rarely from Read More

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UK COVID-19: Government announces “final” extension to protections for commercial tenants

The government has today announced that it will be extending the current protections that have been afforded to commercial tenants as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, for one final time.

What are the current protections?

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the government has repeatedly extended temporary prohibitions on landlords taking certain enforcement Read More

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The Use Class that keeps on giving

Just when you thought that no more excitement could happen in the planning world, the government has launched a consultation seeking views on potentially far reaching proposals to allow a change of use from any Commercial, Business and Service (the new Class E) to residential (Class C3). This would allow any property falling within Class Read More

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What’s happening with the Retail Prices Index and why?

Speedread: Alongside Wednesday’s Spending Review, the government and the UK Statistics Authority (UKSA) have published their response to the recent consultation on reform to the RPI. The outcome to the consultation states that “it is UKSA policy to address the shortcomings of the RPI in full at the earliest practical time”.  The earliest the Read More

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A Conclusive Conclusion for Service Charge Certificates?

In a case that will be welcomed by landlords, the Court of Appeal has ruled that a service charge statement was conclusive both as to the landlord’s costs and the scope of the services.

Background

The case concerned Blacks, the outdoor retailer, who was the tenant under a commercial lease. Under the service charge clause: Read More