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Property Section

Landlord and Tenant

house money ground rent

Government bans new leasehold houses and sets zero ground rents

21 December 2017

Other changes include ground rents on new long leases – for both houses and flats – being set to zero

lettings

Law Society responds to a call for evidence on the lettings and managing agent market

13 December 2017

Our response to the DCLG focuses on the residential conveyancing process, where obtaining information from managing agents, and the lack of transparency in relation to fees, creates delays and other issues.

lease agreement

Law Society launches new short form model leases for offices

10 November 2017

The Law Society has released new short form model leases for use by solicitors, with the aim of helping to streamline commercial property negotiations.

commercial property

RICS consults on new regulation for commercial service charge

30 October 2017

Comments must be received by 6 December 2017

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breaking ground

Breaking ground

5 December 2017By

Escalating ground rents have been headline news in recent months. They can make a property not only unaffordable, but also potentially unsaleable. Lucy Barber explains how enfranchisement could help, and outlines the legislation

warren gordon

From the ground up

5 December 2017By

In September 2017, Warren Gordon became the new chair of the Property Section. In his first comment piece, he provides a personal perspective on leasehold ground rents 

Nicholas Taggart

Ringing alarm bellsSubscription

6 September 2017By

A number of recent cases around vacant possession have addressed some interesting issues which fall outside standard definitions. Is vacant possession given up if the tenant did not return keys or left an alarm on at the premises? Nicholas Taggart considers

peter farrington

Private eyes

11 August 2017

Peter Farrington, vice president of the Association of British Investigators, explains how private investigators can be a valuable asset for a solicitor dealing with possession proceedings, and gives some tips on building an effective working relationship.

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In good repairSubscription

9 June 2017By ,

Danielle Drummond-Brassington and Natalie Appleby outline some simple practice points to help you avoid the pitfalls around dilapidations, and ensure you provide the best possible advice to your landlord and tenant clients

Ibraheem Dulmeer

Run to ground

9 June 2017By ,

High ground rents in new leases are an increasing concern in the leasehold sector, especially when they provide for periodic increases. Rawdon Crozier and Ibraheem Dulmeer give an overview of the topic and solicitors’ duties

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Property Section renewals

Benefits of Membership*

The Property Section will provide you with support, advice, networking opportunities and enable the sharing of best practice with peers.

The current Section Engagement programme has been created in consultation with the Section Committee and will focus on key issues including:

  • Code of Conduct
  • Fraud
  • Risk and Compliance
  • Anti-money laundering
  • Conveyancing
  • Planning
  • Phishing and Cyber Security
  • Bogus Firms
  • Renewable Energy
  • Rent Deposits
  • Buy-to-Let
  • Mortgage Credit Directive
  • Vulnerable Clients
  • Consumer Protection Regulations
  • Requisitions
  • Income Tax Relief
  • Reserved Funds
  • Brownfield Sites
  • Right to Buy
  • Searches
  • Capital Allowances
  • Stamp Duty
  • Land Tax

These issues will be addressed through a range of activities including: Webinars, a Conference, Workshops, Seminars, Magazines, E-newsletters and a LinkedIn Group.

*See Section terms and conditions

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