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Latent Defects

15 Jan 2020

The past 12 months have thrown up uncertainties in the structural defect insurance market, with the collapse of Danish insurance broker Alpha Insurance. This has had an impact in respect of both residential and commercial new build properties. In light of this it is worth considering one aspect of…

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Environmental clauses are heating up leases

31 Oct 2019

The increasing global environmental socio-economic awareness means that there is now a wealth of environmental laws and issues in practice which overlap with some areas of property law, in particular leases. What do Landlords want? As landlords will be keen to make sure that the tenant will be…

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Environmental Liability

02 Oct 2019

When purchasing or leasing agricultural land, one of the main unknowns can often be the environmental condition of the land in question. Farming practices often make agricultural land vulnerable and susceptible to contamination from waste products or potentially harmful materials that are used as part…

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Licensing requirements for HMOs (Houses in Multiple Occupation)

17 Sep 2019

Where a residential property is a house in multiple occupation (HMO), the person who has control of, or manages, the property must obtain a licence from the local housing authority (LHA) as required by the Housing Act 2004 (HA 2004). Under the HA 2004 a property is automatically classed as being a HMO…

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Brexit held not to have frustrated lease

10 Apr 2019

Canary Wharf (BP4) T1 Ltd and others v European Medicines Agency [2019] EWHC 335 (Ch) The court's finding, on 20th February 2019, in favour of the landlord, Canary Wharf Group, will be met with a sense of relief by those in the Property industry. The tenant, European Medicines Agency (EMA),…

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When could works be considered practically complete?

17 Jan 2019

A key part of a development agreement is ensuring clarity on what constitutes the practical completion of a project, and for it to cover what happens with any deviation from the specification of the project. In the recent case of Mears Ltd v Costplan Services (South East) Ltd and others (2018),…

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