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Landlords – does the Pre-Action Protocol for Debt Claims apply to your dealings with tenants?

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The Pre-Action Protocol for Debt Claims has been in force since 1 October 2017 and sets out rules to follow when any business is claiming payment of a debt from an individual. This covers a debt payable from a tenant to a landlord, whether in respect of rent or other sums due under the lease.

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How to prevent private and public rights over potential development land

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right of way over development land

For landowners who own land with development potential, preventing the creation of public and private rights of way over land by long user is always an issue. Such rights can devalue the development potential, or even make development unrealistic when small sites are concerned.

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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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Getting back what you put into your co-owned property

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The last thing unmarried couples who have bought a house together tend to think about is “what happens to the house if it all goes wrong?” What if your relationship breaks down? Will you get back what you put in financially? It’s not the most romantic of topics!

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Developing your property? Avoid a party wall dispute

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Residential property

A query from a client recently highlighted the importance of carrying out all necessary due diligence and reaching agreement with your neighbours before building work even starts.

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Woman ordered to pay £50,000 to ex-boyfriend: What cohabiting couples can learn from cases like this

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Order for Possession

With cohabitation becoming an increasingly common choice among couples, it is important to understand what precautions to take to protect yourself should your circumstances change.

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Buyers beware: leasehold and ground rent trap

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Jacqui Walton discusses the plight of unsuspecting new build buyers caught out by onerous ground rent review clauses.

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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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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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Costs Recovery in Property Disputes

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In Property Disputes, we are frequently asked whether it’s possible to recover legal costs from the other party to a dispute. The answer depends on whether the dispute is determined by the civil courts or the specialist property tribunals called the Property Chamber of the First Tier Tribunal (usually abbreviated to ‘FTT’).

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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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