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The Government’s latest action to fix “the broken housing market”

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The Government has recently published its draft revised National Planning Policy Document and is consulting on it until 10th May. It sees this revised policy as a key step towards achieving its goal of 300,000 new homes being built every year. It seeks to make a number of important changes and a few key ones are highlighted in this article.

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Business rates: welcome clarity for commercial landlords

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It has been a very active few years with a Valuation Officer arguing all the way to the Supreme Court that a property should not be reassessed for business rates when redevelopment works were being undertaken and preventing occupation, because the property was capable of being put back into the state of repair and occupied position at the material assessment date.

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Estate agents take note: the different forms of agency contracts explained

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When acting for the vendor, you will typically market the property for sale, or offer the premises to let. You will have a written contract with the vendor, which will spell out, among other things, the terms upon which you are entitled to your fee. The contract is therefore essential.

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Are you up to speed on energy efficiency regulations?

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If you are an existing investor in commercial property, you will probably be very familiar with the Energy Efficiency Regulations 2015 and will have taken all appropriate steps to lessen their potential impact. If you haven’t or you are considering a property investment, then this may be for you.

The Regulations, officially titled Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property)(England and Wales) Regulations 2015, begin to bite in relation to the letting of commercial properties on 1 April 2018.

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CMA report triggers Maria Mallaband contract change

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National provider Maria Mallaband Care Group has changed its policy on charging fees following the death of a self-funded resident. Under the new policy, fees are only charged up to the date of death.

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Is the property landscape of Swindon changing?

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Swindon on the map

Over the last month or so we have seen a number of positive stories released pertaining to development in Swindon; but what consequences will they have for the market and the town?

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What does a redeveloped Westgate mean for Oxford city centre?

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Oxford

The redeveloped Westgate Oxford opened its doors on October 24. How will this large retail and leisure offering in the city centre with space for 125 shops, restaurants, cafes, a 5-screen cinema and a John Lewis impact the city? Commercial Property solicitor David Lane comments on Oxford’s changing shopping landscape.

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New Supplementary Planning Guidance to boost affordable housing

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London residential development

In August, the Mayor of London published new Supplementary Planning Guidance aimed at increasing the levels of affordable housing being built.

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Letting out your home on Airbnb?

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As people look to keep travel accommodation costs down by staying in private houses, short term letting site Airbnb has quickly made a significant impact on the hospitality industry. It offers a seemingly easy way to make extra income from your home. However, recent case law demonstrates that homeowners and tenants should think twice before listing their property on the site.

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Calling all commercial landlords and tenants: beware of poor energy efficiency

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There is increasing focus on a property’s energy use, energy efficiency and a review of what energy savings can be made. While this subject may be on your radar, are you aware of the legislative changes that could greatly restrict commercial property lettings from April 2018?

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Will signs protect your land against adverse rights?

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Private land sign

Land that has or may have development potential in the future could be at risk from members of the public or adjoining land owners claiming they have acquired rights over the land. Here we explore the steps that you as the landowner can take in order to protect your property.

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Considering commercial property? Here’s what you need to know about new or refurbished retail units

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The benefit of a new or sub-divided unit on a retail park is that it can be built or refurbished to meet your requirements. Compare this with an existing unit where you have to take it as is. While new or refurbished units have their advantages, there are a number of things to consider:

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