UK

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The new Electronic Communications Code came into force on 28 December 2017, with the aim of modernising out of date legislation and facilitating widespread connectivity.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]

The Service Charge Code – is change on its way?

Jan 8, 2018 |

Lease service charges can be a highly contentious issue for both landlords and tenants, with disputes often arising in relation to services to be provided, costs, maintenance contributions and budgets. In 2007, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (“RICS”) introduced the first edition of the Service Charge Code for commercial property (“the Code”) with the […more]

*Season’s Greetings*

Dec 22, 2017 |

Our Real Estate team has the finish line in sight. Whilst we would say this (!) it does seem that Christmas creates a natural and increasingly loud crescendo for those in the Real Estate game. Whilst our lawyers are busy trying to get the last few transactions over the line, we’ve noticed a positive trend […more]

1954 Act Renewals: A New Hope for Quicker Lease Renewals?

Nov 22, 2017 |

I have spoken to a number of my clients and contacts about uncontested lease renewals under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 over the years and asked them what their main bug bears with them are. “The court process is far too slow” said one with another commenting “I don’t want a judge with no […more]

The Future of Property: Blockchain Technology

Nov 13, 2017 |

Traditionally used to underpin the use of the digital currency, Bitcoin, Blockchain technology is a method of recording data and creates a digital ledger of transactions, agreements and contracts. This innovative technology is being hailed as a ‘game-changer’ in a variety of sectors – from finance to the diamond industry – and could also be […more]

The Future of Property: Watch this Space

Nov 6, 2017 |

Lots of things have shaped how people and businesses need and occupy space. Most of the time this is reactive. The sector responds to changes in customer demands and expectations. Gardens in new houses have become smaller as many people don’t want the hassle of maintaining a great vista beyond their patio doors. Office space […more]

The Future of Property: The Sharing Economy

Aug 7, 2017 |

The Sharing Economy (where people share ‘assets’ via the internet) continues to grow with the associated issues of trust and regulation also making the headlines. Airbnb is the giant of such collaborative consumption and allows anyone to list space (from studio apartments to castles) online. It is no longer just thrifty tourists using the service, […more]

UK Gears up for the General Data Protection Regulation

Jun 29, 2017 |

Amidst the political and legal turmoil which surrounded the Queen’s annual state opening of Parliament last week, it is unsurprising that when she reaffirmed the UK’s commitment to modernising the nation’s data protection and online privacy legislation, the media’s reaction was, to say the least, muted. For those who work in the data protection field, […more]