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More UK Residential Property for the IHT Net

The headline-grabbing inheritance tax (IHT) news from last week’s Budget was the introduction, from April 2017, of an additional nil rate band when a residence is passed on death to direct descendants. However this is only one part of the changes that were announced in relation to IHT and residential property, as significant changes were … Continue Reading

(UK) New Rules for Residential Landlords in Wales

Residential landlords of properties in Wales need to be aware of the extra regulatory burden that applies to them and particularly because breach could be a criminal offence. The Welsh Assembly has added an additional layer of regulations which affect private rented residential property in Wales only and which are expected to come into force … Continue Reading

Knowing How to Quit

The Deregulation Act 2015 (the “Act”) is an eclectic mix of legislative tinkering. However, amongst the measures relating to sellers of knitting yarn and trustees of child trust funds are some key provisions that will affect residential landlords. We have already commented in an earlier blog on the provisions contained in the Deregulation Bill intended … Continue Reading

Delay to registration under the Heat Network Regulations

In our post on 20 March we explained the implications of the Heat Network (Metering and Billing) Regulations 2014 and in particular the need for heat suppliers to register before 30 April 2015. In amendment regulations of yesterday the date for registration has now, thankfully, been put back to 31 December 2015. Minor tidying up … Continue Reading

(UK) Rates and Refurbishments – when is a building in repair?

The question of how to value a building which is undergoing substantial refurbishment came before the Court of Appeal who ruled yesterday that the Valuation Tribunal had wrongly attributed a rateable value of £1 to offices which had almost all of its internal elements stripped out including the cooling system, all internal and external plant, … Continue Reading

Please can I have your Autograph Mr Ramsay!

You might have seen some of the recent media coverage of Gordon Ramsay’s court case relating to a personal guarantee given to his landlord that was signed using an “automated pen” operated by his estranged business partner and father in law. A significant sum was at stake given the personal guarantee guaranteed the tenant’s obligations … Continue Reading

Bright Days for Large Scale Solar Operators; Sunstroke for the Smaller Players: Latest News on CfDs

National Grid has made its decisions as to eligibility for participation in the first Contracts for Difference auction but the auction process itself has been delayed as some applicants have asked Ofgem to review National Grid’s decisions. However, the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Davey, by letter, assured the Select Committee … Continue Reading

(UK) Impact of budget for residential buyers

There was a surprise announcement in today’s Budget in relation to “high-end” residential property. The government has significantly extended the scope of the SDLT 15% “penal” rate that applies to acquisitions of residential property by non-natural persons (i.e. corporate entities). The 15% rate currently applies to individual residential properties worth over £2,000,000. From midnight tonight the 15% … Continue Reading

(UK) CRAR in a Nutshell

This post was written by Katherine Campbell and Siobhan Hayes Many landlords have used the ancient remedy of distress to apply effective pressure on their tenants to pay their rent in a timely fashion. The threat of the bailiffs at the door often persuades a tenant to pay what is due but that remedy is going … Continue Reading

(UK) Dilapidations claims and the impecunious landlord

This post was written by Katherine Campbell. Some positive news for landlords this week: The court has confirmed that, even where an outdated property stands little or no chance of being re-let following a tenant’s departure, a claim for the loss in reversionary value caused by the breach of the tenant’s repairing covenants is still … Continue Reading

Renewal Lease Changing Terms

This post was written by Katherine Campbell and Siobhan Hayes. Most landlords are reasonably familiar with the rules set out in O’May v City of London Real Property Co Limited. As a result of that case, a landlord cannot introduce changes to lease terms on a renewal where the effect of the change is to … Continue Reading
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