Property law for landlords

What will happen to legislation affecting landlords post-Brexit?

June 27, 2016

According to the Residential Landlords’ Association (RLA), there was uncertainty for landlords in the wake of Friday’s referendum results, as many laws currently governing the private rental sector would have to change. Now that the Brexit vote has taken place, with the UK choosing to leave the EU, this post considers some of the main […]

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Proper Rental Home Maintenance to Keep You Out of Court

November 30, 2013

Landlords should always be aware of specific rental laws in all states in which they own rental property. Leasing rental property is not as simple as allowing tenants to use the structure. There are basic requirements with respect to health and safety, which also includes reasonable property upkeep. Equipment on the property should be kept […]

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Renting business premises – frequently asked questions

July 11, 2013

How long should I rent for? A commercial lease is rarely granted for longer than 10 or 15 years and there is often a tenant break clause option from the beginning of year five, enabling you to terminate the lease. Try and negotiate a break clause if there is not one and also check the […]

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Energy ratings put property owners in hot water!

July 10, 2013

Legislation in 2007/2008 saw the introduction of energy performance certificates (EPCs) which show the energy efficiency of a property and contain recommendations as to how that efficiency can be improved. An energy performance certificate is now required whenever a residential or commercial property is let or sold in England or Wales (subject to certain minimal […]

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Index Linked Rent Reviews

September 24, 2012
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Proposition:  It is not safe to grant leases under which the rent is reviewed at intervals solely by reference to the Retail Prices Index (or the Consumer Prices Index).

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The Leasehold Reform Act 1967 and Commercial Buildings

September 19, 2012

Raymond Cooper is a Consultant Property Lawyer. Buyers of some commercial buildings should be aware that, although a building may be let for purely commercial use, the tenant may be entitled to acquire the freehold by enfranchisement under the Leasehold Reform Act 1967. 

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Dealing with Property Boundary Disputes

August 16, 2012

Introduction Boundary disputes can be a horrible affair. Often they can ruin friendships with neighbours and cause undue stress over the smallest amounts of land. Below we’ve listed some pointers that may help you to quickly resolve such a dispute. Where there is uncertainty there are often Boundary Disputes, and these can require legal advice […]

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Tenants’ Right to Carry Out Improvements

July 18, 2012

Raymond Cooper is a Consultant Property Lawyer Proposition: An absolute prohibition, in a lease of business premises, against redevelopment or the carrying out of structural alterations will not necessarily prevent the tenant from carrying any of the prohibited acts. The issue canvassed below is not limited to such situations, but is particularly applicable to long […]

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Charities and Authorised Guarantee Agreements (AGAs)

July 4, 2012

Raymond Cooper is a Consultant Property Lawyer Proposition: Tenants who are charities are unlikely to have power to enter into AGAs on the assignment of their leases, and trustees who do enter into AGAs could, if an assignee fails, incur personal liability.

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What if Your Landlord Defaults on the Mortgage? (US Law)

June 25, 2012

It’s a scary thing to think about. You’ve been paying your rent on time to your landlord for years and suddenly there’s a knock on the door. A police officer tells you that you have only a few days to leave your house because it’s been foreclosed upon, maybe even only 24 hours. If you […]

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