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Yet another trap for landlords

As many landlords are all likely to be aware, in order to seek possession of a property let on an Assured Shorthold Tenancy (AST) in circumstances where the fixed term has expired and the tenant is not at fault (i.e that they have not breached any term of the tenancy

Fire Doors in Communal areas – When were yours last checked?

Due to recent tragic events, the impact of Fire Safety and Risk Assessment is quite rightly under the spotlight. Whilst the tenants of commercial multi-let buildings and residential blocks will be familiar with the requirements for the testing of fire alarms and emergency lights and the regular practising of evacuation are

Letting Fees Ban

The government has introduced a draft Tenant Fees Bill, with the aim of making residential letting more fair and affordable for tenants by reducing costs at the outset of a tenancy. It is an attempt to make renting a fairer and less expensive matter for tenants. The Bill will introduce a

A quick guide to buying property in France

" Unless you are fully confident that you know what is being said, it is advisable to get some assistance with translation. " The process of buying property in France is fairly straightforward and the land registration system is secure. However, as a general rule, it proceeds without the appointment of a

Service Charges and Commercial Leases

The RICS has launched a consultation on the fourth edition of the Service Charge Code for commercial property Background Service charges can be a source of contention between landlords and tenants. Where the landlord provides services and charges their cost to the tenants, a properly run service charge can reduce the scope

Section 20 Notice

What is a Section 20 Notice and what are they for? Occupiers of flats will generally own their property on a long lease, typically of 125/150 years duration, under which they will pay a nominal ground rent and a service charge. The ground rent is paid to the freeholder of the building

Airbnb – Leaseholders, think twice!

Advertising a property via the Airbnb website seems attractive because it can offer a property owner a source of regular income and/or help to repay a mortgage. Where the property is an apartment, however, it will most likely be held on a long residential lease and renting your property via

Commercial landlords, are you covered?

Commercial landlords usually bear the burden of arranging building insurance and any failure to do so can expose all concerned to the risk of catastrophic loss. In one case, a landlord who failed in that duty received a stiff fine for breaching a High Court order. The corporate landlord of a

Letting a commercial property? Ensure you are EPC ready

Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) means that Landlords with properties with an  Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)rating of less than ‘E’ will have to carry out works to improve the energy performance of the building in order to let, or continue letting, the building. MEES apply to both residential and commercial buildings,

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