Attention landlords and managing agents: the critical change to Landlords’ Certificates that could cost thousands

The Building Safety (Leaseholder Protections etc.) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2023 were passed on 20 July (the “New Regulations“). Almost identically named to The Building Safety (Leaseholder Protections) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2023 (the “February 2023 Regulations“), the added “etc.” packs a punch! The Building Safety Act 2022 restricts landlords recovering via service charges certain costs of … Read more

Paving the way for a smooth development

It is a challenging market for developers right now: increased construction costs, shifting demands in our post-pandemic world, increased regulation (e.g. the Building Safety Act), and uncertainty surrounding banking arrangements. Good legal planning at the earliest stage of any development is therefore critical. Kathryn Coveney and Frances Edwards identify four areas to prioritise… Mitigate later … Read more

A knotty nuisance: Japanese knotweed for developers

The legal implications of developing land adjacent to this highly invasive plant may be more extensive than you thought. Japanese knotweed, a non-native plant introduced to the UK in the 19th century, is very difficult to eradicate and can grow up to 10cm a day in the summer months. The plant’s underground rhizome (root) system … Read more

What are the ramifications of the new Renters (Reform) Bill?

The long-awaited Renters (Reform) Bill was introduced to the House of Commons on 17 May 2023. It followed in the wake of the White Paper titled “A Fairer Private Rented Sector” which was published in June 2022, so there were no great surprises hidden within it. The headline points These are now abundantly clear from … Read more

The tale of the Build-to-Rent sector and the Renters Reform Bill

The Build-to-Rent sector (“BTR“) has continued gathering momentum over the last year and looks set to continue that way. However, the Government’s proposed reform of the private rented sector has caused much huffing and puffing in the real estate sector, much like the story of the Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf. Will … Read more

Real Estate risks and disputes on the horizon: are you Forearmed?

This accessible guide is a “must read” for every real estate developer, investor or occupier. It draws on the vast experience of our Real Estate Dispute Resolution team over several cycles of the economy to predict the risks and areas for potential disputes on the horizon. The guide contains our suggestions to avert or mitigate … Read more