Siobhan Hayes

Siobhan Hayes

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(UK) New Rules for Residential Landlords in Wales

Residential landlords of properties in Wales need to be aware of the extra regulatory burden that applies to them and particularly because breach could be a criminal offence. The Welsh Assembly has added an additional...more

7/3/2015 - Landlords New Regulations Residential Property Owners UK

(UK) Residential Service Charges Update

As increasing numbers of investors now include residential and mixed use properties in their portfolios there are bound to be issues dealing with the residential element of service charges and you really can’t be too careful...more

6/23/2015 - Leases Residential Leases Service Charges UK

Now the EPC Really Matters

We posted in 2013 on the Regulations that will make it unlawful from 01 April 2018 to let properties with an F or a G EPC rating. These are now in force. There are some time limited exemptions and a few exclusions but now is...more

5/15/2015 - Commercial Property Owners Energy Efficiency Ratings UK

(UK) The latest thinking on lease guarantees

The dust has now settled on the recent cases involving discussion on the continuing AGA, GAGA situation and its inter play with section 25 of the Landlord and Tenant (Covenants) Act 1995....more

4/2/2015

Delay to registration under the Heat Network Regulations

In our post on 20 March we explained the implications of the Heat Network (Metering and Billing) Regulations 2014 and in particular the need for heat suppliers to register before 30 April 2015. In amendment regulations of...more

3/27/2015

If You Can’t Stand the Heat…

Are you a developer or landlord of commercial or residential multi-let premises? Are those premises supplied with heat by either a communal heating system or a district heating system?...more

3/20/2015 - Commercial Property Owners Landlords Real Estate Development UK

(UK) Rates and Refurbishments - when is a building in repair?

The question of how to value a building which is undergoing substantial refurbishment came before the Court of Appeal who ruled yesterday that the Valuation Tribunal had wrongly attributed a rateable value of £1 to offices...more

2/19/2015 - Commercial General Liability Policies Commercial Property Owners Property Owners UK

Please can I have your Autograph Mr Ramsay!

You might have seen some of the recent media coverage of Gordon Ramsay’s court case relating to a personal guarantee given to his landlord that was signed using an “automated pen” operated by his estranged business partner...more

2/7/2015 - Automated Signatures Commercial Leases Commercial Tenants Contract Disputes Contract Formation Gordon Ramsay Implied Authority Personal Guaranties Signatures UK

(UK) When Is An Emergency Not An Emergency

It is the time of year when the Great British weather batters buildings up and down the country causing signs to fall off some and roofs to cave in! Beware, though, if you are the Landlord or manager of a mixed use building –...more

2/2/2015 - Commercial Property Owners Property Damage Repairs UK

Brownfield land in the UK: lenders' liability

In this fourth in our series of briefings on topics relevant to those involved in brownfield land, we look at the issue of lenders’ liability in respect of risks arising from brownfield sites under environmental law in...more

5/1/2014 - Brownfield Properties Environmental Policies EU Lender Liability

Brownfield land in the UK: ‘baseline surveys’

In this third in our series of briefings on topics relevant to those involved with “brownfield” land, we focus on “baseline” contamination surveys....more

3/31/2014 - Brownfield Properties Contaminated Properties UK

Brownfield land in the UK: environmental indemnities

Introduction - In this second in our series of briefings on topics relevant to those involved in brownfield land, we focus on environmental indemnities....more

2/26/2014 - Brownfield Properties Environmental Liability Indemnification UK

Brownfield land in the UK: directors’ and officers’ liability

Introduction - In this first in a series of briefings on topics relevant to those involved in brownfield land, we look at the issue of directors’ and officers’ personal liability....more

1/21/2014 - Brownfield Properties Directors Officers Personal Liability Professional Liability

Chancel Repair Liability

Introduction - The idea that by owning land you have a liability for the costs of the repair of part of the local church roof is strange, but that is what chancel repair liability is. It has been described as...more

9/20/2013 - Chancel Repair Liability Churches Duty To Repair Landlords Tenants UK

No Planning for Change of Use?

We have all seen a lot of publicity on the government’s proposals to speed up and simplify the system for getting planning permission to kick start the economy. From 30 May 2013 various changes of use can be made without the...more

6/5/2013 - Affordable Housing Change of Use Economic Development Housing Developers Office Space Permits

RoHS 2: New Obligations for Manufacturers, Importers and Distributors from 2 January 2013

On the 2nd of January 2013, the Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2012 (RoHS 2) came into force in the UK. As previously reported on our blog of 18 May...more

1/16/2013 - Distributors Electricity Electronic Devices Electronics EU Hazardous Substances Importers Manufacturers RoHS 2

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