September 2022

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Library FAQ: building and fire safety

The Law Society Library gives details of commentary and precedents relating to building regulations and fire safety

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Mandatory rental auctions


In a significant shakeup to the high street, the government is proposing mandatory rental auctions. Michael Duncan considers the proposals and outlines how they might work in practice

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Climate duty of care?


With climate change threatening millions of UK properties, the debate about whether or not lawyers have a duty of care for clients has come increasingly under the microscope

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The climate challenge


Soaring energy prices and the record temperatures recorded in Europe this summer have thrown the climate change crisis and the need to take action into stark relief. Lucy Trevelyan considers what this might mean for property professionals

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Ben Garbett explores current legal issues surrounding the control of vehicular parking rights in the planning system, or what is commonly referred to as ‘car-free development’

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Registering interest


As part of a wider package of measures in the fast-tracked Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Act 2022, a Register of Overseas Entities has been set up at Companies House for beneficial owners of overseas entities that own UK property. Warren Gordon looks at how it will impact on real ...


Key to success


David Hunter discusses how Bates Wells has incorporated environmental, social and governance principles into how it’s doing business

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Biodiversity net gain


Ben Stansfield outlines the key aspects of the new biodiversity net gain rules and describes the primary issues that will arise with the conservation covenant regime

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Building safety levy


Following the Building Safety Act getting royal assent it is likely that a building safety levy will be imposed. Rona Westgate outlines the scope and likely timetabling of the levy

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Household efficiency


Alexandra Holsgrove Jones looks at the rules around Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards and the impact they will have in the domestic and non-domestic lettings sector

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Sustainable housing


The need to operate and deliver homes in a more sustainable way is universal, and more pressing than ever. Dan Leather considers what the future of sustainable housing looks like.

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