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Landlords beware: Don’t be a ‘penny pinching profiteer’ – criminal sanctions apply

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There are many obligations placed upon landlords, to the extent that some people might say Landlord and Tenant legislation has gone too far, especially when a rogue tenant comes across your path. Being a landlord can sometimes be an uneasy job.

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Access for development land – much ado about nothing?

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Do you own land that has development potential now or in the future? One important lesson is to assume that anything and everything will be challenged by those seeking to prevent development.

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The Brexit consequences for Land Development Agreements

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If you’ve entered, or are about to enter, into an option or promotion agreement which currently remains in force, you may be concerned about the likely consequences of the development market weakening as a result of the referendum decision to leave the European Union.

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Landlord & tenant law – AGAs & GAGAs

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It’s widely acknowledged that the coming into force of the Landlord and Tenant (Covenants) Act 1995 (the Act) on 1 January 1996 significantly changed the law regarding landlord and tenant liability following an assignment of a tenancy.

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The AGA GAGA Saga

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Disclaimer: This story is not about the saga of Lady Gaga cooking on an Aga (unfortunately). Authorised guarantee agreements (AGAs) have been featured in a string of court cases dating back to 2005. These have included whether the performance of the AGA can be guaranteed by a guarantor (known as a GAGA) and now whether a lease can be assigned to the tenant’s guarantor.

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Property firms speak out ahead of referendum vote

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With less than a month to go until the referendum on whether Britain should remain in the EU, companies are starting to speculate about the impact that a vote to leave could have on the property market.

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Government plans to devolve Sunday trading hours decisions to local councils

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The proposed legislation change, expected later this year, will see powers handed to local councils to determine what Sunday trading hours should be in their administrative area. Local councils will be able to extend Sunday trading hours throughout their entire administrative area or just in certain parts, such as town centres and high streets.

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Fears that planning policy will have unintended consequences

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Changes to planning laws could run the risk of significantly reducing the amount of office space available in the capital, members of the London Assembly have warned.

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Too many landlords not protecting their tenants’ deposits

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New research conducted by a leading think tank has revealed that one in six UK landlords are not using official deposit protection schemes.

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International investment continues to boost commercial property

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While 2015 may have been a record year for commercial property investment, experts don’t expect the bubble to burst anytime soon.

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Tech sector goes from strength-to-strength

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If any further proof were needed about the runaway success of technology companies in London, a new survey makes a very comprehensive case.

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Banksy graffiti art – gifts to the people (and worth lots of money)

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The High Court has recently confirmed who owns a Banksy mural which appeared overnight on a building in Kent.

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