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Major shift in retailer landlord relations on way

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The government has set out its eagerly awaited roadmap to re-opening a locked-down country. Shops and hairdressers together with outdoor hospitality will reopen from 12 April, with all restrictions hopefully removed by 21 June.

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What’s in a deal? Debenhams acquisition explained

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Contributing authors: Tim Gofton and Stephen Welfare

So Boohoo has acquired the Debenhams brand but not its stores or workforce; what does that actually mean for the future of their employees, other High Street brands and the wider retail sector?

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Leasehold reform – how does this affect retirement housing?

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Modern retirement home

The biggest reforms to property law for 40 years have been announced following the publication of proposed reforms for leasehold properties by the Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick.

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Bat boxes and boreholes – how a wildlife survey blocked a housing development

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In a case keenly watched by the agricultural sector, a planned housing development on a farm in south Wales may not be able to proceed due to the developer being unable to undertake wildlife surveys. A ruling that has significant implications for both landowners and agricultural tenants.

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Situation critical: Intu’s woes tell us that retail landlords desperately need Government support

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Following the news that Intu is close to administration, Vicky Hernandez from our specialist Retail team looks at what this might mean for commercial landlords in the sector as well as the future of the high street.

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Another rent payment day: landlords’ choices

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Contributing authors: Caroline Preist and Greg Callard

Limitation period

With another rent payment day upon us, our Real Estate and Property Disputes lawyers explore what options and remedies are available to commercial landlords.

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Five new task forces to facilitate re-opening of the economy sectors

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Government sets up five task forces

The Government has unveiled five new task forces devoted to vulnerable sectors of the economy.

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New COVID-19 measures to ease pressure on beleaguered tenants

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Oxford Circus

In his statement yesterday (23 April), Business Secretary set out measures to protect high street shops and other companies under strain from aggressive rent collection.

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Coronavirus and your tenants: a commercial landlord’s guide

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Guide for commercial landlords

Commercial landlords: our Real Estate team offers guidance on dealing with tenants in these unprecedented times.

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Beyond the forfeiture moratorium: reinstating your lease

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As a commercial tenant, you’re safe – for now. However, the forfeiture moratorium under the Coronavirus Act 2020 is not a rental holiday. Unless you’ve agreed alternative arrangements with your landlord, your rent still falls due under the terms of the lease.

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Rents in the time of coronavirus

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Rents in the time of coronavirus

The effects of the unfolding coronavirus crisis on commercial property occupancy have been nothing short of seismic.

Pubs, restaurants and leisure centres across the country have closed. While not expressly told to close by the Government until 23 March, most retailers had already followed suit. All these businesses, along with many corporate occupiers – and their landlords – are feeling the pressure and grappling with the uncertainty.

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Ahead of today’s budget, UK retailers call for business rate reforms

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As the UK high streets continue to feel the heat, the nation’s retailers have called on the Government to take steps to relieve the pressure on the sector and ensure a level playing field with online rivals.

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