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Monthly Archives: April 2020

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UK COVID-19: Further commercial tenant protections announced by the government

Yesterday, the government announced further protection for the “UK high street from aggressive rent collection”.  This protection takes the form of further restrictions on a landlord’s ability to pursue certain enforcement action against a tenant: in particular, serving statutory demands and presenting winding up petitions for non-payment of rent. These protections build upon the temporary

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Right to rent checks – here to stay

The Court of Appeal has held that right to rent checks are not unlawful under the Human Rights Act, reversing a decision of the High Court. The Court held that the scheme was a “proportionate means of achieving its legitimate objective”, and was therefore justified. However its finding that the scheme has caused some discrimination

Posted in Planning

COVID-19 UK – Emergency permitted development right switched on

As converted conference centres and arenas open their doors as temporary NHS Nightingale Hospitals, the latest tranche of urgent planning measures designed to respond to the spread of COVID—19 came into force at 10.00 this morning (Thursday 9 April 2020).  The measures provide planning clarity for those wishing to make available to the NHS and

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COVID-19 UK: Virtual planning committee meetings are no longer a remote possibility

The government has finally taken the steps needed to start bringing the planning system into the 21st Century, enabling “remote committee meetings” for the first time, in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Certain types of planning applications must be determined by a local planning authority’s planning committee, but to date the meetings of these committees

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COVID-19 UK – Flexibility in insurance policies for property managers

COVID-19 UK: Many insurance policies require annual lift servicing and water management system servicing. Is there any flexibility in policies for this sort of thing in exceptional circumstances? Our understanding is that insurers should be flexible around these sorts of requirements (e.g. annual lift servicing or water management system servicing) in property insurance policies given