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Coronavirus and Commercial Leases

Coronavirus and Commercial Leases
As the UK continues to struggle with the effects of coronavirus, many landlords and tenants are worried about the impact the pandemic is having on their property arrangements. Rental PaymentsDue to the mandatory closure of various business, in line with Government guidelines, many tenants are understandably suffering adverse financial implicat...
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Law Commission Report: Exercising the Right to Manage

Law Commission Report: Exercising the Right to Manage
Last year the Law Commission began its consultation on proposed changes to the right to manage (the "RTM"). The final report has now been published which can be found here; we examine the key recommendations below. Premises in which the RTM is availableKey recommendations:RTM should be exercisable in respect of leasehold houses as well as flats.Pre...
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Commercial Premises - Apparent Abandonment due to COVID

Commercial Premises - Apparent Abandonment due to COVID
Landlords of commercial premises are experiencing unique situations which have never arisen before as a result of the COVID crisis and the requirement of hospitality venues to restrict their trading. This article seeks to address some of the situations and to explore options that might be available in a landlord in such situation. Abandoned busines...
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How can a landlord obtain payment of rent arrears on commercial lease in the COVID era?

How can a landlord obtain payment of rent arrears on commercial lease in the COVID era?
The Government introduced the Coronavirus Act 2020 at the end of March of this year. Broadly speaking, the effect of section 82 of this Act on landlords was to remove the landlord's sanction for taking any action against tenants for unpaid rent. Consequently, rent arrears have accrued. Market research has estimated that on the June quarter day only...
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Property Litigation News Roundup

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2020 has been an unpredictable year and has had a big impact on the property market. It is easy to focus on the negative news, however the have been some positives over the last few months. Below we round up some of the more positive news stories this month:MortgagesAt their recent party conference, the Government has pledged to fix the broken...
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Divorce during a pandemic

Divorce during a pandemic
Deciding to get a divorce will most likely be one of the biggest decisions in a person's lifetime. If you have already made the difficult decision to divorce, our advice is not to hold off because of the pandemic. Firstly, unfortunately, no-one knows when we will see an end to Covid-19. Secondly, there are some considerable court backlogs in court ...
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Residential Possession Proceedings – Similar but not the Same

Residential Possession Proceedings – Similar but not the Same
There has been a steady stream of changes to the possession process since 27th March 2020 when the first legislation was introduced to help the Courts combat the effects of the Coronavirus. Overall, the current situation is that notices can be served, hearings are being conducted, and bailiff appointments are occurring. However, the process is diff...
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Managing COVID-19 risks in the workplace

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Who should be working from home, and what should employers be doing to minimise transmission risk in the workplace? The COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic has severely affected working practices through 2020. While the furlough scheme is wrapping up at the end of this month, it is clear that the national situation is still evolving – and so, therefore, ...
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Non payment of rent protections extended

Non payment of rent protections extended
On 29 September 2020, the Business Tenancies (Protection from Forfeiture: Relevant Period) (Coronavirus) (England) (No 2) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020/994) (Regulations) came into force. The regulations extend the protections from forfeiture for non-payment of rent for business tenancies in England to 31 December 2020. Section 82 of the Coronavirus Ac...
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Chancellor announces new Jobs Support Scheme

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Following the Governments' tightening of restrictions following an increase in the number of COVID-19 infections, the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak has unveiled new measures which will replace the furlough scheme when it comes to an end on 31 October 2020. The furlough scheme was rolled out prevent a major rise in unemployment when the UK went into lockd...
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Coronavirus: furlough FAQ

Coronavirus: furlough FAQ
What you need to know about flexible furlough and extended furlough through September and October 2020 The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (JRS), more commonly called the furlough scheme, allows businesses to claim for 80% of their employees' wages if it puts them on furlough because of Covid-19. This money goes to the employees. The Government an...
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