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Unopposed Lease Renewals in a Covid Market

Kirsty Smith |

Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 (“the Act”) A tenant under a business lease will have a statutory right to a lease renewal (provided that certain qualifying criteria are met and the lease has not been contracted out of the Act). A tenant who wants to terminate its current lease and put forward proposals for a […]


Covid- 19: Weapons in a Tenant’s Armoury

Kirsty Smith |

Much has been written about the effect of Covid-19 on the performance and enforcement of contracts. The Government has recognised that parties to some contracts may find it difficult or impossible to perform those contracts in accordance with agreed terms, as a result of the impact of the pandemic. Rent In the context of commercial […]


Leases in the time of Coronavirus: the Coronavirus Act 2020 and Residential Tenancies

Kirsty Smith |

The Coronavirus Act 2020 (“the Act”) received Royal Assent on 25 March 2020, meaning that it is now in force. The Act will have implications on a landlord’s ability to obtain possession of residential property. We summarise here the Act’s implications for residential tenancies. Notice Periods and Possession Proceedings The Act extends the notice period […]


'Tis The Season For Festive Squatters

Kirsty Smith |

We have previously written about the problems caused to property owners by squatters targeting vacant buildings to occupy, particularly over the Christmas period. This article is a reminder of the problems caused by, and the ways of dealing with, squatters in residential and commercial properties. Commercial premises  Squatters often look for vacant units from which […]


Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) Regulations - Protecting Your Assets

Kirsty Smith |

From 1st April 2018, there has been a requirement under the MEES Regulations for any new tenancies or tenancy renewals of properties rented in the private rented sector, whether commercial or residential, to have a minimum energy performance rating of ‘E’ on an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). Since 1 April 2018 it has therefore been […]