New Website Launch – 18 April 2018

Apr 17, 2018 |

Our new website will go ‘live’ tomorrow, so please do visit the site and take a tour! In relation to the blog, as well as subscribers continuing to receive our posts by email, they will also appear as articles on the news / articles ‘landing-page’ of the new website. In the short term we will […more]

A Retail Digital Dilemma

Mar 29, 2018 |

Toys R Us, Mothercare, Carpetright and Maplin are the latest casualties of the retail ‘slump’ attributable (in part) to high inflation and online competition. As consumer habits change in favour of online shopping, how can bricks and mortar-retailers be innovative, remain profitable and keep the high street alive? 1. Omni-Channel Shopping In essence: create a […more]

Draft Revised NPPF: Key Planning Changes

Mar 14, 2018 |

Following on from the Government’s Housing White Paper, “Fixing Our Broken Housing Market”, in February 2017, the Government has published its revised draft National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). This was accompanied by various supporting documents including a supplementary draft Planning Practice Guidance (PPG) for viability, and a Housing Delivery Test ‘Draft Measurement Book’. The draft NPPF includes […more]

Working like a Dog

Mar 9, 2018 |

It is Crufts week at the NEC Birmingham and I for one will be glued to the excellent TV coverage (happily, there will be more coverage this year than ever before). It is also Chinese Year of the Dog of course, so what better time to talk about pets and property! First of all, residential […more]

High Street Woe: Advice for Landlords

Mar 6, 2018 |

The news of Toys R Us and Maplin entering administration will not have come as a surprise to most retail experts. According to analysis by Deloitte, the number of retailers entering into administration in 2017 increased by 28% from 2016 figures. This increase certainly appears to indicate that companies are struggling within the sector and […more]

MEES Regulations – The Winners and The Losers

Feb 27, 2018 |

The built environment is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in the UK and the MEES Regulations are just part of the government’s approach to meeting its carbon reduction targets. Under the Regulations, it will be unlawful for a landlord to grant, renew or extend a lease of privately rented property with an Energy […more]

Turn down the noise!

Feb 21, 2018 |

UK Music recently reported that approximately 35% of music venues across the UK have closed in the last decade. One of the reasons is said to be frequent noise complaints by local residents. With the current demand for housing in the UK, apartments are often built close to existing, noise emitting businesses including music venues […more]

Investors and buy-to-let landlords take note…

Feb 7, 2018 |

Research carried out by Property Partner, an online property investment marketplace, has ranked Stoke-on-Trent as having the best combination of affordability and rental return for landlords. The research took into account average property prices, rents and incomes in Britain’s 100 key towns and cities and Stoke came out on top. Predictably, the research saw a […more]

Electronic Evolution or Landowners Revolution?

Jan 29, 2018 |

The new Electronic Communications Code came into force on 28 December 2017, with the aim of modernising out of date legislation and facilitating widespread connectivity. The “New Code” will govern all new telecoms agreements, whilst agreements entered into prior to 28 December 2017 will, in the most part, continue to be governed by the previous […more]

Dwelling on the student market

Jan 22, 2018 |

The student accommodation market will continue to be a key growth area in property investment for 2018. The strong countercyclical market even appears to be “Brexit proof” as the relatively weak Pound has attracted non-EU students into the UK. However, the recent case of JLK Ltd v Ezekwe adds an air of caution for investors […more]