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Property Matters Blog

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Campaigners for beach to be registered as a town or village green left high and dry

United Kingdom - March 23 2015 The Supreme Court has recently held that a beach within a harbour should not be registered as a town or village green. The decision in R (Newhaven…

Punishing local authority landlords for innocent mistakes

United Kingdom - March 2 2015 The Supreme Court has confirmed that local authority landlords must pay close attention when evicting secure tenants to avoid potentially large…

Wind turbines – planning application: noise investments and ‘financial involvement’

United Kingdom - February 23 2015 A recent case, R (Joicey) v Northumberland County Council, is a reminder of the information that should be made available to the public in…

Skating on thin ice: landlord not liable for alleged misrepresentation

United Kingdom - February 16 2015 Landlords should be mindful of not misrepresenting (or failing to fully disclose) their proposed development plans when issuing a section 25 notice…

Landlords beware! Be alert to tenants’ reinstatement covenants on lease expiry

United Kingdom - February 9 2015 When consenting to tenants' works, landlords commonly obtain tenants' covenants to reinstate the works at the end of the term. On lease expiry the…

Structural works to leasehold property – protecting the landlord

United Kingdom - February 2 2015 Tenants will often want to carry out works to a property when they move in so that it is fit for their occupation. But what if a tenant wants to make…

True grit? Protecting employees from icy conditions

United Kingdom - February 2 2015 These days it often feels impossible to watch television without someone enquiring whether you’ve “suffered a trip or fall at work that wasn’t your…

Telecoms mast leases: all change or no change?

United Kingdom - January 27 2015 January 2015 has been an exciting time for anyone interested in the Electronic Communications Code (ECC). Out of the blue the government first…

Who were the winners in the House of Commons fracking debate?

United Kingdom - January 27 2015 The fracking industry overcame a major hurdle yesterday, when MPs voted 308 to 52 against a moratorium on fracking. This paves the way for the…

Universities, real estate and demanding students

United Kingdom - January 19 2015 Last September I wrote about the significant capital expenditure plans of the UK's Higher Education Institutions, particularly a report on the plans…