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Christmas at the Queen's raises over £2000

Christmas at the Queen's raises over £2000
Pinney Talfourd teamed up with Queen's Theatre Hornchurch and Dawn Chorus for a Christmas sing-along and raised over £2,000 for charity.

Pinney Talfourd once again teamed up with Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch in early December to host ‘Christmas at the Queen’s’ – a lively free sing along event for the whole community.

Our fantastic local choir Dawn Chorus joined us to lead the crowd for a series of upbeat Christmas songs including “Sleigh Ride” and “Merry Christmas Everyone” before enjoying tea and mince pies with the Mayor of Havering Cllr Philippa Crowder.

This was a free event but the charity raffle and generous donations raised £2,061 in aid of the Queen's Theatre charitable trust and Pinney Talfourd’s own charity of the year MNDA (South Essex branch). Local businesses rallied to support the event by donating some fabulous prizes from champagne, restaurant vouchers and even a teeth whitening treatment! Funds raised are divided equally between the two charities.

This event has attracted a full house every year and this year was no different. Local businesses, Councillors and members of the local community checked in for this festive celebration. Many clients with transport difficulties were taken as guests by Pinny Talfourd, ensuring that Christmas is not a lonely time after all.

Teas, coffees and cakes were on offer courtesy of Pinney Talfourd after the event to refresh those vocal chords, providing an opportunity to meet new faces and make new friends. Thank you to the Queen's Theatre Club volunteers who helped to serve refreshments.

If you would like to find out more about the Queen's Theatre Club or enquire about any performances please contact the Box Office on 01708 443333. If you would like to find out more about this event or Pinney Talfourd’s services please contact 01708 229444.

Finally, everybody at Pinney Talfourd would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy new year.


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Seminar: Controlling cash flow & increasing profit

HCCI offers their latest seminar for SMEs, by Pro-actions Business Support on 14 December at our Upminster office.


Controlling your cash and increasing your profitability
Wednesday 14th December 2016
9.30am to 12.30pm 
Pinney Talfourd, 54 Station Road, Upminster, RM14 2TU

Cash management can have a massive impact on any business; small, medium or large. This briefing will explain the vital elements of effective cash management that all businesses should have in place, what they look like, how they can be built, how much control they'll give you over your business. Most importantly you’ll find out how they can be used to make informed strategic decisions on your business allowing you to make better profits and put more cash in the bank. 

The objectives of this business seminar are to help you understand:
  • How cash and finances fit into a business
  • Why financial controls are important
  • What financial controls are needed?
  • How to influence cash movement in your business
  • What options you have available to help fund your business’s day to day needs
  • How you can get the controls you need underway within your business

The seminar is free and will be held at Pinney Talfourd’s offices in Upminster (54 Station Road, Upminster, RM14 2TU) to book a place on this seminar, click on link below:


If you require any further details please contact the Chair of HCCI on Barry Hicks 01708 560066 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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You are invited to 'Christmas at the Queen's'

You are invited to 'Christmas at the Queen's'
Pinney Talfourd presents a Christmas sing-along at  the Queens Theatre Hornchurch, and you're invited.

Pinney Talfourd has once again teamed up with Queens Theatre Hornchurch to host ‘Christmas at the Queens’ on Tuesday 6 December (11am – 1pm).

This event has attracted a full house every year with guests including local businesses and councillors.

We are delighted that the Dawn Chorus have once again agreed to join us in singing a range of upbeat Christmas songs including “Let it Snow” and “Jingle Bells”. The Mayor of Havering will also be joining in the fun and say a few words at the end of the event.

This is a free charity event and donations will be gratefully received at the time of booking. There will also be a raffle in aid of the Queens Theatre charitable trust and Pinney Talfourd’s own charity of the year; Motor Neurone Disease Association (South Essex branch). Local businesses have rallied to support the event by donating some fabulous prizes again this year for the raffle which in previous years have included champagne, restaurant vouchers and even a limited edition art print.

Finally, after all the excitement you are welcome to stay for a drink, mince pies and cupcakes courtesy of Pinney Talfourd.

Book a place

Booking is now open and filling up fast so call the Queens Theatre Box Office on 01708 443333 to reserve your space early.

P.S. Christmas jumpers and Santa hats are welcome!



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Autumn 2016 Statement - Commercial updates

Edward Garston talks about the mixed business reaction to the Autumn Statement amongst the business community.

Although there was much from Chancellor Hammond’s first Autumn statement to offer the business community some festive cheer, there were equally plenty of measures which may not be so warmly received.

A headline grabbing £1.1bn investment into transport networks, including £220m for traffic easing measures on key roads will certainly be welcomed by all those struggling with delays and congestion. Other highlights include an extra £110m funding for rail, and a commitment for new road building in the Oxford to Cambridge corridor. Of particular benefit for the haulage industry, the Chancellor announced a freezing of fuel duty for the seventh consecutive year at a time when a fall in Sterling is already feeding through to higher pump prices.

Meanwhile, the country’s digital infrastructure is set to be enhanced by generous tax allowances on both 5G, the next generation of mobile communications, and a new fibre broadband infrastructure. With business increasingly moving online this move is set to reap rewards across all sectors and keep the UK attractive for overseas investment.

This was an autumn statement which clearly had one eye on the post-Brexit business environment. In view of this, the Chancellor attempted to dampen fears that a significant number of businesses will relocate by underlining the government’s commitment to cut corporation tax from 20% to 17%. It is hoped that keeping business taxation competitive will help the UK be seen as an attractive place for businesses to locate.

But there were also some less business friendly measures. The increase in the national living wage, estimated to be worth £500 to a full time worker, will increase costs for employers. This will have a wide ranging impact, but those sectors most likely to feel the effects range from catering and hospitality, through to the healthcare industry.

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Pinney Talfourd team expands


We are delighted to welcome two new members to our growing team at Pinney Talfourd; Lee Kirby and Edward Garston.

Edward Garston

Edward joins our Commercial team as a Senior Associate. Edward has considerable corporate and commercial experience and specialises in company acquisitions and disposals, business sales and purchases, commercial agreements, protecting and enforcing intellectual property rights, joint ventures and debt or equity investment arrangements. His experience has been in sectors as diverse as transport and logistics, manufacturing, care services, software and IT businesses and support services.

Having originally worked in the financial markets, Edward’s niche expertise is lending arrangements. His background offers him a unique advantage within corporate finance transactions and he is regularly instructed by banks, financial institutions and private and subordinate lenders.

Edward’s experience and expertise adds further weight and depth to our Commercial team.

Lee Kirby

Lee joins us as our Practice Director, tasked with developing the efficiency and effectiveness of our lawyers and working environment to maximise our abilities to deliver excellent client service and cost effective advice to our clients.

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The Autumn Statement and Residential Property

New spending on housing projects totalling £3.7bn in England has been announced by the chancellor in the Autumn Statement.
£2.3bn is going to be spent on infrastructure (such as roads) in relation to housing developments. This will obviously make it easier and cheaper to build homes and boost this sector, meaning more properties overall and (in theory) lower prices.

The chancellor has said the funding will help support the building of up to 100,000 new homes.

The government has also agreed to spend an extra £1.4bn on affordable housing in England, which would fall into categories such as Affordable Rent, Shared Ownership or Rent to Buy.

This is expected to lead to 40,000 more affordable homes being built.

Paul Berry, Head of Residential Property says “There still seems to be a big demand for property. We’re certainly as busy as ever in the Residential Property Department and prices don’t seem to be going down any time soon.”

Hopefully these will be Freehold properties, moving away from the recent trend of Leasehold houses, where the “buyer” essentially takes a lease over a new build house (albeit for 999 years maybe) with a ground rent that could be several hundred pounds, and depending upon the lease, potentially doubling every 10 years causing substantial problems in years to come.

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What the Autumn Statement means for Employment

Following Chancellor Philip Hammond’s Autumn statement Alex Pearce, an employment law specialist, looks at those measures relevant to employers and employees.

From April 2017 employees participating in salary sacrifice schemes, in which an employee gives up part of their salary for a non-cash benefit with both the company and worker paying less tax, will be abolished. Most medium and large organisation offer salary sacrifice schemes, which may include gym memberships and mobile phone deals. This is likely to affect lower paid workers the most. Child care, ultra-low emission cars and cycling to work will not be affected. There is some limited comfort with any arrangement in place before April 2017 being protected until April 2018.

Mr Hammond also announced changes to the income tax threshold, which will increase to £11,500 in April 2017. The government will increase the higher rate income tax threshold to £50,000 by the end of the Parliament.

The National Living Wage to rise will increase from £7.20 an hour to £7.50 from April 2017.

Employer and employer NI thresholds will be equalised at £157 per week from April 2017.

Employers are advised to contact their accountant to discuss how these changes will affect their business in advance of the changes. You are also advised to speak to your employment lawyer regarding updates to employment contracts to reflect any changes to salary sacrifice schemes.

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Resolution launches Good Divorce Week

Monday 28 November 2016 marks the start of “Good Divorce Week 2016”, a campaign by Resolution. 

Resolution is a community of family law professionals who subscribe to a Code of Practice to assist working with families and individuals to resolve issues in a constructive way.

The family team at Pinney Talfourd are all proud to be members of Resolution and subscribe to their Code of Practice which has recently been revised.

The ethos of the Code is to encourage families to deal with their issues without conflict or confrontation, to support and encourage them to put forward the best interests of their children first, to act with honesty, integrity and objectivity and to strive to resolve matters so far as it is possible to do so without the need to apply to Court.

A full copy of the Code of Practice can be seen here: http://www.resolution.org.uk/site_content_files/files/code_of_practice_full_version_web.pdf 

As part of the campaign, Resolution will be attending Parliament to lobby for a change in the law to include ‘no fault’ divorce and improving the rights of cohabiting couples.

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Just “horsing around”? Accident or negligence?

A recent equine case highlights the difference between negligence and genuine accidents. Kim Huggins explains  

The much publicised case of Ashleigh Harris who has been awarded in excess of £3 million pounds following paralysis after being thrown from her boyfriends family horse ‘Polly Perks’, has caused debate and concern from riders, horse owners and yard owners alike over the possible flood gate effect following this litigation. 

An estimated £4billion pounds per year is spent on horses in Great Britain, with over four million people riding each year, as such, there will inevitably be some accidents.

There is, however, a great deal of confusion over the difference between a genuine accident, occurring through no fault of anyone and an accident arising from exposure by another person to an obvious risk of harm.

Burden of proof of the Claimant:

Ultimately, for any case (equine or not) to be successful, it is for the Claimant to prove, on the balance of probabilities, that;

  1. The Defendant was negligent
  2. The negligence caused the accident
  3. The accident resulted in injury and loss.

Each case turns on its own facts and it is therefore important to seek advice from a solicitor, whether you wish to bring a claim or defend a claim being made against you. 

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Christmas contact for separated families

It is never too early for separated families to start working together to arrange Christmas contact in the best interest of the children.

It is never too early to start working with the other parent to sort out which part of the coming Christmas holidays your child or children will spend with each of you.

You always know Christmas is around the corner when the shops start selling cards and gifts, lights go up in offices and shops - even though it is only the second week of November!

If your child or children live with their your ex spouse or ex partner, then it is never too early to start working with the other parent to sort out which part of the coming Christmas holidays your child or children will spend with each of you.

It’s a good idea to try and share the time equally and alternate from year to year, especially when your children are young, so that as the years go by, you can both enjoy the experience of waking up on Christmas morning and opening their presents with them. It will always be best for your child or children if you can agree this without the need for the Court to get involved.

However, if you cannot agree on a schedule of time that your child or children will spend with each of you, you may need to apply to Court for an Order, which is now called a Child Arrangement Order (we no longer use the phrases ‘access’, ‘contact’, ‘custody’ or ‘residence’ when talking about children), though save in limited circumstances you must at least try and reach an agreement through mediation otherwise you will not be able to apply to the Court for a Judge to sort things out.

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Alterations to your property - what to do when you leave

How far can a commercial tenant alter a property? That depends on if it is classed as a fixture or a chattel?
A recent case has highlighted the need to ensure a distinction between alterations which are tenant’s fixtures and alterations which are tenant’s chattels.

The case involved partitioning which was installed by the tenant during initial fit out works in accordance with a licence to alter. Both the lease and the licence to alter required the Landlord to give notice of any reinstatement the Landlord reasonably required before the end of the term. The tenant exercised a break option with 2 pre-conditions: 6 months’ prior written notice and vacant possession.

The Landlord did not serve a notice of his requirement to reinstate the premises. The case turned upon whether the partitioning alteration was a fixture and therefore formed part of the premises.

The partitioning was not carried out in accordance with the specification attached to the licence to alter and therefore the partitioning was in breach of the licence. The validity of the licence was conditional upon compliance with the condition on which the licence was given. As the conditions were not met, the partitioning became unauthorised works and therefore should have been removed automatically by the tenant. This meant that even if the partitioning was not a tenant chattel, the tenant should have removed it and failure to do so meant vacant possession had not been given.

Based upon expert evidence it was found that the partitioning was demountable and therefore the tenant did not in fact give vacant possession.

On sending or receiving a break notice, parties to the lease should review the lease and all supplemental documents (including licences to alter) carefully.

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The need for a Consent Order

Sarah Tsindides explains why it is important that a financial settlement in divorce proceedings is recorded in a consent order.

When a financial settlement is reached in divorce proceedings it is important that this is recorded within a consent order. This will ensure that all claims that both parties can make against the other are fully resolved and the terms are embodied within the consent order. Once approved and sealed by the court they become enforceable upon Decree Absolute (final decree) being granted.

Therefore if one party refuses to comply with the implementation of the order the other party can apply to the court to seek enforcement and the application can include asking the court to make an order for costs against the offending party.

It is therefore beneficial to both parties that a consent order, to reflect all terms of a full and final settlement, is put in place before Decree Absolute is granted.

Without this neither party are protected. Either party could apply to the court for a further order in relation to the matrimonial finances even if the parties have already agreed to the division of net proceeds of sale or a transfer of the marital home to the other party.

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Discrimination Appeal fails for Christian bakers

Alex Pearce, employment law specialist explains how far the Equality Act can protect against direct discrimination.

How far does The Equality Act protect against discrimination? In the recent ‘gay cake’ dispute in Northern Ireland, an Appeal Court upheld the decision that religious belief does not override the law against discrimination.

The Northern Ireland Court of Appeal has handed down its decision deciding on the question of whether religious beliefs overrides the law against discrimination in the supply of goods and services on grounds of sexual orientation.

The appeal was issued following the Court’s decision that Ashers Bakery, owned by Mr & Mrs McArthur cancelled an order to decorate a cake with a picture of Bert & Ernie and the caption 'Support Gay Marriage'. The McArthurs are devout Christians who believe that gay marriage is sinful. They had accepted they cancelled the order because of that belief.

The Northern Ireland Court of Appeal upheld the county court's decision. It held that the benefit from the slogan could only accrue to gay or bisexual people, and that the McArthurs would not have objected to decorating a cake saying 'Support Heterosexual Marriage'. The 'reason why' they cancelled the order was that the message related to gay marriage, and there was an exact correspondence between those of the particular sexual orientation and those whom the message supported the right to marry. This was a case of 'associative discrimination' with the gay and bisexual community, and amounted to direct discrimination.

The Court of Appeal held that the McArthurs' own right to free speech (i.e. objecting to gay marriage) was not being infringed.

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Disability claims can cost employers dearly

Employment tribunal claims for disability discrimination can lead to huge financial penalties for employers. Read how to reduce the risk of claims.

It pays to be aware of your responsibilities to disabled persons under the Equality Act 2010. 

From determining whether it is discriminatory to ask a job applicant about their health and abilities, through to justifying a refusal to allow a disabled worker to opt out of shift working, to dismissing a disabled employee for high rates of disability related absence – consideration of the law relating to disability discrimination is needed at all stages of the employee life-cycle.

Alex Pearce, our employment law specialist outlines the key principles and ways to reduce the risk of disability claims.

What is a disability?

For the purposes of the Equality Act, a disability is a mental or physical impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse impact on a person’s ability to carry out day-to-day activities. When assessing the adverse impact of any impairment, the effects of medication or physical aids should be disregarded.

There is no need for a person to be registered as disabled in order for them to be classed as having a disability. This is clear from case law, in which severe eczema, anxiety, chronic fatigue, and even obesity have all been found capable of amounting to a disability.

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Are 16 year olds too young to Marry?

In England you can currently marry at the age of 16, with your parent’s consent. Jennifer Herbert asks is it too young to marry? 

Currently in England both men and women, or shall we say girls and boys, can marry at the age of 16, with their parent’s consent. Many will say this is far too young to marry with or without the consent of a parent. Quite often, young people who marry at the age of 16 miss out on educational opportunities, particularly where they reach the age of 16 before finishing secondary education, in those cases some do not even finish the school year and take their GCSE’s.

There is a private members Bill currently going through parliament to raise the age of consent to marry or enter into a civil partnership, for both men and women, to 18 years old.

The Marriage and Civil Partnership (Minimum Age) Bill received its second reading in the House of Lords on Friday 21st October 2016. At this stage there will have been a general debate on all aspects of the Bill. The date for the next stage, the committee stage, at which there will be a line by line reading and examination of the Bill, is yet to be announced.

This Bill was introduced to parliament by Baroness Tonge and concentrates on the problems in marriages of young persons between the ages of 16-18. The Bill also seeks to create an offence of causing a person under the age of 18 to enter into a marriage or civil partnership, which is in line with The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 which made forced marriage a criminal offence.

It is hoped that the Bill will assist in preventing forced marriages, particularly in circumstances where young people marry between the ages of 16-18 with their parent’s encouragement and, so as to not disappoint their family, these young people go along with the marriage consensually regardless of their own wishes/feelings. If this Bill is passed, these marriages will be no more.

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Kim is swimming for charity

'22 mile swim in 22 days' was the challenge Kim Huggins set for herself, all in the name of charity.

Kim Huggins created her own charity event to raise money for Pinney Talfourd's Charity of the Year MNDA (South Essex Branch) along with Bloodwise (a blood cancer charity – formerly Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research).

The challenge commenced mid August at her local Nuffield Health Gym. Her son, Ciaran, agreed to join her in the challenge. He already swims competitively for Chelmsford City Swimming Club, so she already knew he would have the stamina to complete the challenge – it was Kim that we were concerned about!

The first few days of 117 lengths per day were tiring and a few toe cramps resulted in a few unplanned interludes, however they persevered and it became a little easier day by day.

Due to illness and injury the swim did not go as smoothly as anticipated. A change of tactic meant that the swim was spaced over a longer period rather than the initial plan to swim on 22 consecutive days.

The lifeguards and staff were very accommodating and supportive and there was even interest and sponsorship from some of the members, which was wonderful.

Two weeks in and to add a bit of variety to the swim they headed for the Olympic Pool, Stratford. Swimming in the shadows of greatness, Ciaran tuned into his inner Phelps and Kim into her inner Addlington. Hours were spent pounding up and down, and despite being a lengthy 50 metre pool, it was actually quite comfortable.

Returning to the normal (much smaller) pool after this seemed like a luxury but a few sessions of 300 lengths at a time soon shocked their bodies back in to reality. Being spurred on by the encroaching car parking time expiry, they pushed through and got the job done, with legs like jelly as their prize.

Finishing the last of the lengths in early October was a significant moment and one which Kim is exceptionally proud of. The constant waft of chlorine and straw like hair, the wrinkled skin and toe cramps and ravenous hunger that swimming creates, was completely worth it.
Would she have managed on my own? "I doubt it. Having my son by my side, lapping me with ease, kept me going. 'come on mum, its for a good cause' was all I needed to hear to keep focused and get the job done." Kim said.

Funds raised so far

Kim has raised funds both online and by personal collection, with the £100 target for each charity being met. Kim & Ciaran would like to thank everyone who has sponsored her to help raise vital funds for MNDA (South Essex Branch) to help them continue with the amazing work that they do to support sufferers of this terrible disease and to help Bloodwise, a charity that is very personal to her and her family.


There is still time to donate;
Support MNDA at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Kim-Huggins2


Support Bloodwise at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Kim-Huggins3

If you would like to find out more about Kim Huggins and her charity work please call 01277 246836 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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Autumn 2016 employment law update

Alex Pearce, employment law specialist outlines the main changes for October and the action you need to take as a result.

This is a round-up of the main employment law changes that have recently come into effect, including those taking place from Autumn 2016. 

National minimum wage rises

The national minimum wage is reviewed every year and traditionally any increases come into force in the autumn. The new hourly rates from 1 October 2016 are:

  • adult rate (21 to 24): £6.95;
  • youth development rate (18 to 20): £5.55;
  • young workers’ rate (16 and 17): £4.00; and
  • apprentice rate: £3.40.

It is understood that these rate changes will only apply for six months because the government has decided to align all further changes with the national living wage changes, which will take effect on 1 April each year.

This also means that the national living wage, payable to workers aged 25 and over, will not go up on 1 October 2016 as expected but will change on 1 April 2017. The national living wage is currently £7.20. The Low Pay Commission is set to recommend to the government later in the month the level of rates to apply from April 2017.

The accommodation offset limit has risen to £6.00 per day.

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Your responsibilities as a company director

Aside from the obvious duties, such as filing reports at Companies House, there are numerous other duties and liabilities all directors should know about.

If you fail to comply with your duties your position on the board may be under threat, as you can be held liable by the company and in some circumstances by minority shareholders. In the most serious of cases directors may be disqualified or face criminal sanctions. 

The duty to avoid conflicts of interest

A director must avoid a situation in which they have a direct or indirect interest that may conflict with the interests of the company. This duty is extremely broad, extending to situations where any information or opportunity available to the director is exploited for their own benefit. The liability of the director who breaches this duty is severe: they will be personally liable to account to the company for any profits or benefit they have received as a result of the breach. The conflict of duty may be breached even in situations where there has been no actual loss caused to the company, it continues after a director has resigned.

The easiest way to avoid liability for a conflict of interest is to obtain advance authorisation from the company for any proposed activity, unless the articles of association prohibit them. Directors who have a personal interest in a proposed transaction can avoid liability by declaring their interest in advance.

There is a defence relating to unforeseeable conflicts, where ‘the situation cannot reasonably be regarded as being likely to give rise to a conflict of interest’.

The duty not to accept benefits from third parties

A director must not accept a benefit from a third party that arises as a result of being, or doing anything as, a director. Such benefits commonly occur as a ‘commission’ paid to the director personally whilst the director is in the process of negotiating a business transaction on the company’s behalf.

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Airbnb – Brainwave or Breach of Covenant

With the rise of short term room lets on sites such as Airbnb we look at the pitfalls of 'hosts' not doing their homework on covenants.
The success of companies like Airbnb rely heavily on the availability of local ‘hosts’ willing to allow short term lets of their properties, whether these are commercial or residential. Their website boasts over 2 million listings worldwide including 1400 castles!

Often the host will be staying in their property when their guests arrive.  Fundamentally the host makes money by letting spare room(s) and the occupation by guests is temporary and without exclusive possession so there is no question of a traditional landlord and tenant relationship being created.  Prior to the Deregulation Act 2015 the use of a property in any of the 32 London Boroughs as temporary sleeping accommodation required the owner to make an application for change of use planning permission.  The relaxation of this planning requirement enabled homeowners to advertise their properties for let on the internet or holiday home swap sites.  

When does it become a business?

But what of those hosts who let their whole properties for perhaps days or weeks at a time in return for payment from their guests who book through a sophisticated online booking system. Could this be considered a business?

It would appear so considering the usual meaning of the word – to carry out a commercial activity with a view to making a profit. 

Brainwave - If of course you have somewhere else to stay when a guest wants to pay to stay in your property. But have those hosts reviewed their title deeds?  A number of freehold titles contain restrictions on carrying on a business at the property and in commercial leases there is usually an absolute prohibition on the use of the premises to provide sleeping accommodation.  Restrictive Covenants attach to the land and not the owner so even a freehold owner of land could be stopped from using their property in this way if there is a beneficiary of the restrictive covenant who wants to enforce it. 

A recent case

The Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) recently heard an appeal from the tenant of a residential leasehold property held on a 99 year lease when the First Tier Tribunal allowed the Landlords application for determination of the lease on the basis of a breach of lease covenants because the owner had been advertising her property for short term letting on the internet.  The covenant to be observed by the tenant in the lease read “Not to use the Demised Premises or permit them to be used for any illegal or immoral purpose or for any purpose whatsoever other than as a private residence.” 

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Winners at Havering Business Awards 2016

Winners at Havering Business Awards 2016
Pinney Talfourd were delighted to win the Highly Commended Business of the Year Award at Havering Business Awards for our contribution to the local business community.

On Friday 7 October Philip Cockram and Catherine Polli attended the Awards Ceremony at CEME Conference Centre for the Havering Business Awards 2016. This event celebrates success throughout the borough and was attended by over 300 business leaders, entrepreneurs, politcians and media representatives.

Pinney Talfourd were delighted to receive one of the main awards of the evening as winners of the Highly Commended Business of the Year Award.

The award celebrates the Firm's overall success including;

- growth over the last twelve months
- culture and client service
- contribution to the local community and economy
- role as an ambassador for London Borough of Havering on the wider stage.


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