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Category Archives: Property

Paul Walton Professional Negligence Consultant at Davis Blank Furniss

Paul Walton, Head of the Professional Negligence team, discusses the recent case of Hart v Large, and its implications for professional negligence claims involving real estate

Purchasing land is a complicated affair. It is therefore no surprise that professional advice is part and parcel of such transactions; lay people are not qualified to make judgments about (for example) the structural integrity of or the legal rights affecting the property that they wish to purchase. It is simply not reasonable to expect... Read the rest of this entry →

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Rebecca Taylor – Solicitor in our Dispute Resolution department – discusses beneficial interests in property

Cohabiting couples who buy a property together may find themselves in the unfortunate situation where the relationship between them has ended but they continue to share a property together. In many cases, both parties will be registered at HM Land Registry as the owners of the property. However, in some cases, only one party is... Read the rest of this entry →

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Jennifer Smith, Property Associate Solicitor at DBF Law

Jennifer Smith, Partner in our Property team, on the Stamp Duty Land Tax holiday

Almost a month ago the Chancellor announced a stamp duty holiday for properties in England that will run until 31st March 2021. The holiday means that the threshold for the payment of stamp duty land tax has been increased from £125,000.00 to £500,000.00.  This has certainly been welcomed by buyers, estate agents and developers to... Read the rest of this entry →

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Davis Blank Furniss reports strong upturn in residential property matters

Our residential property department has reported that it is now handling nearly the same number of transactions as it was before the government suspended viewings in March and the housing market subsequently stalled. The team handles residential sales and purchases across the North West with transactions varying from studio flats to multi million pound properties.... Read the rest of this entry →

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Jennifer Smith, Property Associate Solicitor at DBF Law

Jennifer Smith – Partner in the Property team at Davis Blank Furniss – reacts to the news that the restrictions around the housing market are easing

The news that visiting estates agents, viewing property and proceeding with house sales and purchases are now permitted under the easing of coronavirus lockdown conditions in England is an incredibly welcome development. From Wednesday 13th May, the following are permitted as long as the government’s social distancing rules are adhered to and no-one involved is... Read the rest of this entry →

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Richard Hamilton – Head of Property at Davis Blank Furniss – discusses the impact of the Coronavirus Act 2020 on property litigation practitioners

In the Coronavirus Act 2020, there are some measures which impact property litigation practioners – particularly those that restrict the recovery of possession of both commercial and residential premises in England and Wales. The key points are: Amends to the Rent Act 1977, Protection from Eviction Act 1977, Housing Act 1985, Housing Act 1988 (HA... Read the rest of this entry →

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Gregory Carr – Solicitor in our Property team – on what tenants can do if they can’t pay their rent during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The Government has set out measures to protect residential tenants from eviction during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Coronavirus Act 2020 (the “Act”) requires that landlords now give longer notice periods before requiring possession of residential property. What protection is offered? Some landlords seeking possession of residential property in the period from 26 March 2020 to... Read the rest of this entry →

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Do you rent space or land to a telecoms provider? If you do, Richard Hamilton – Partner and Head of our Property team – shares an important update.

Last month, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) published some important guidance for providers of telecommunications infrastructure in England during the current pandemic. The guidance is called: COVID-19 guidance for telecommunications infrastructure deployment in England. Our Property team works with several clients who rent space to telecoms providers so we thought sharing... Read the rest of this entry →

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Gregory Carr – Property Solicitor – answers: What can I do if I cannot pay rent under a commercial lease during the coronavirus pandemic?

  Following the Government’s introduction of stricter social distancing measures on 23rd March 2020, a number of businesses have closed their doors to safeguard their employees and members of the public. As finer details of the Government’s support package are beginning to emerge, this leaves businesses in a precarious position. Where a business doesn’t own... Read the rest of this entry →

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Gregory Carr – Solicitor in our Property department – explains how exercising a statutory right to commercial rent arrears recovery waives a landlord’s right of forfeiture.

For a landlord, a tenant’s obligation to pay rent is crucial. If there are rent arrears a landlord may not only lose out on the profit it expects to achieve as a return on its investment but may also struggle to meet its overheads in respect of the property. Therefore, when a tenant fails to... Read the rest of this entry →

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