Building Safety Act 2022 – don’t throw away those old records just yet…

This blog was first posted on HSF Construction Notes. One of the many changes introduced by the Building Safety Act 2022 (BSA 2022) relevant to those in the construction industry is the change to limitation periods for claims under the Defective Premises Act 1972 (DPA 1972) and the Building Act 1984 (BA 1984). These changes … Read more

UK developers/landlords – always avoid uncertainty of undocumented occupation

We’ll paint a scene for you: a multi-let building is ripe for redevelopment and the developer/landlord is working towards obtaining possession of the various parts and terminating any rights that will interfere with the development. It knows that one tenant has a lease, contracted out of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 (the 1954 Act) to … Read more

Environment Act 2021 – HSF Latest Thinking

The Environment Act 2021 is a major piece of legislation which radically transforms environmental governance in the UK. Through four cornerstones the Act: establishes a new supra regulator of regulators, the Office for Environmental Protection (OEP), which can investigate any public authority failing to comply with environmental law obligations and launch a new environmental review … Read more

Clarity on contracting-out

The process for contracting-out a new tenancy of business premises from the statutory right to renew under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 (the 1954 Act) is a key one for all landlords, and especially developers. Commonly, pre‑lettings are negotiated even before ground is broken on a site. Certainty that all those lettings are properly … Read more

Back to basics – the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) – Part 2

It might seem an odd time to be publishing our second “Back to Basics” blog on the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). We have, of course, recently been blessed with the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill, which, amongst other things, has given us a glimpse into the new world of CIL’s replacement, the Infrastructure Levy (IL). However, … Read more

Energy efficiency in commercial buildings

Energy performance of commercial buildings is a key element in the government’s drive both to reduce the UK’s emissions in the push towards net zero emissions by 2050 and to tackle inefficient energy use. Faced with statistics highlighting the disproportionate contribution of non-domestic buildings to emissions the government has for some time been introducing more … Read more

Building Safety Act 2022 – which provisions made the cut?

The Building Safety Bill has finally finished its legislative journey. On 28 April 2022 it was granted Royal Assent, thereby becoming the Building Safety Act 2022 (the Act). Given the size of the Act, it’s no surprise that it took a few days to work out which of the many proposed amendments to the Bill … Read more

Asbestos – the elephant in the room

A recent UK Parliamentary select committee report calls asbestos “one of the great workplace tragedies of modern times” and calls for all asbestos to be removed from public and commercial buildings over the next 40 years. The installation of asbestos in buildings has been banned since the start of 2000 and in many cases asbestos … Read more

Real Estate Ep9: TUPE 101 for the Real Estate Sector

The Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (or TUPE Regulations as they are more commonly known) will most likely be familiar if you have been involved in a real estate transaction that involves the transfer of a business or service provider.  TUPE issues commonly arise in real estate transactions, and in the latest … Read more