Changes to the Use Classes Order in England from 1 September 2020 – FAQs

On 1 September 2020, the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2020 (the Regulations) will come into force, making far reaching amendments to the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987 (UCO). Whilst the UCO has been amended several times since its introduction in 1987, these are the most significant reforms … Read more

COVID-19: What are the new far-reaching restrictions on recovery of rent arrears?

The Government’s decision that it will temporarily ban landlords from serving statutory demands or issuing winding up petitions has sent shockwaves through much of the investment property market. In a press release on 23 April 2020, the Government announced that statutory demands served on “companies” between 1 March and 30 June 2020, and winding-up petitions … Read more

Protection of empty, closed or infrequently used premises against squatters

Updated April 22, 2020 The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) 2020 (the Regulations), made under the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984, required the closure of certain businesses and venues, and also restricted the trade which can be conducted at other types of premises. Furthermore, some tenants of commercial premises have made their own … Read more

Impact of COVID-19 on planning

This week, offices, schools and public places are being closed in response to COVID-19. Herbert Smith Freehills continues to provide a full client service, with our teams mostly working remotely but, as with all businesses, those involved in planning are trying to work out the best ways to continue with projects and what accommodations need … Read more

RICS Code for leasing business premises – a new standard for a new decade

After a considerable period of consultation, RICS have this week published the new “Code for leasing business premises” (1st edition, February 2020) (the New Code) which, according to RICS, aims to make the process of commercial lease negotiations faster, more transparent and fairer. There is also hope that the new requirements will encourage businesses to … Read more

Real Estate. Reconsidered

Yesterday the HSF Real Estate team launched Real Estate. Reconsidered, a collection of our thoughts on some of the key issues that are impacting the real estate sector and our opinions on what the future may hold for the real estate market and its legal landscape. To read Real Estate. Reconsidered click here. Please contact us … Read more

Residential Leasehold up for grabs – change is coming, get ready!

The report of the Parliamentary committee on residential leasehold reform has been published containing strong recommendations, many of them radical, and some where it is not at all clear how they could work in practice.  Nevertheless, this is likely to be the future and a good commercial conclusion may be to assume that this will … Read more