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A Guide to Easements

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Oonagh McKinney is partner and head of the commercial property team at Frettens.

In this article, she looks at what an easement is and how they are created. She also looks at enforceability and what you can do when an easement is breached, before examining some cases that have tested the law surrounding Easements.

Business Come Dancing 2018

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Frettens were proud to take part in the Business Come Dancing annual fundraiser for Pavilion Dance South West, who teamed up with Bournemouth Hospital Charity to raise money for a mini MRI scanner. The black tie event was held at The Cumberland Hotel on...

Frettens take to the floor in Business Come Dancing

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2018 marks the firm's 40th anniversary and Frettens have done a number of things to celebrate everything from 1978. As a grand finale to this, 10 of our team of solicitors are taking part in Business Come Dancing, performing a...

What a Landlord Needs to Know About the EPC Changes

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After lots of uncertainty, on 23 February 2017 the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) finally published their guidance on how the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) will apply to commercial property. From the 1st April...

Frettens Appoint Niki Adkins to their Property Team

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Frettens Solicitors are delighted to announce the appointment of Niki Adkins to their Commercial Property Team. Niki joins from a Salisbury firm where she was head of the Leasehold Property Team. Niki joins Frettens at a time when they are expanding...

EPC's and Leasehold Properties

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The Government is attempting to reduce the number of energy inefficient buildings with the introduction of the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015. The new regulations will make it illegal for properties to be...

Buy to let to boost retirement income

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Judging the right time to acquire a buy to let property is tricky but with the Government’s new pension reforms that come into effect this month, savers will have unprecedented access to their nest egg. There will be the freedom to seek out...

Buying a property with Restrictive Covenants and how to deal with it

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Many properties are sold that are subject to a restrictive covenant. A couple of examples of a restrictive covenant could be, to prohibit the keeping of animals other than domestic animals, or to prevent major alterations to the property. Oonagh...

Growth and Infrastructure Act 2013 - good news for developers?

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The Growth and Infrastructure Bill received Royal Assent in April this year, introducing a number of reforms that will affect the planning application process. The measures are in theory intended to reduce red tape and make it easier for housing development...

Relaxation of Sunday trading laws for London 2012 - are you legal? - Video article

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A short video article featuring Oonagh McKinney , Commerical Property Partner talking about the relaxed Sunday Trading Laws throughout the Olympics. Read the full article: Relaxation of Sunday trading laws for London 2012 on...

Relaxation of Sunday trading laws for London 2012 - are you legal?

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In a bid to take advantage of tourists heading for London, The Government will relax Sunday trading laws during the Olympics and Paralympics. This is designed to show that Britain is open for business. However, this may not benefit all retailers. Sunday...

Stamp Duty Reforms - more buy-to-let opportunities?

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Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) proposals outlined in March’s Budget came into force in July, paving the way for more investment in the rental market. The rate of SDLT on purchases of multiple residential properties will now be determined by the mean value...

Buy-to-let investors not owed duty of care by surveyors

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A recent case in the Court of Appeal has ruled that buy-to-let purchasers are not owed the same duty of care by the mortgage lenders’ surveyor as someone purchasing a property for their own use. This landmark decision was the finding in the case of...

Frettens Commercial Property Expansion

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Frettens Solicitors are delighted to announce the latest recruit to their Commercial Property Team, Kerry Houston-Kypta. Kerry joins Frettens from Turners Solicitors LLP having gained vast experience in the commercial property sector at a couple of other...

Developers Turn Out for "Localism" Seminar

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Frettens Solicitors and Tanner & Tilley Planning Consultants held a joint seminar at the Kings Hotel Christchurch on 23rd June which was attended by around 100 architects and local developers. The seminar aimed to examine the latest position on the...

Becoming a residential landlord

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There has been a marked increase in the demand for rental property since 2009 and this presents an opportunity within the market for new landlords. First time buyers are struggling to get on the property ladder due to the financial instability brought on by...

Business Leases for Commercial Tenants

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The law relating to business tenancies is in many ways the same as for any other type of tenancy, except that the tenant has a right to apply to the county court for the grant of a new lease when his tenancy ends. A business tenancy exists when premises or...

Can't Sell? Renting Out Your Property

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Leaving a home standing empty can pose the threat of squatters, vandalism and theft. If your property is on the market but empty and taking a long time to sell, getting a tenant in may be a good option. If you decide to rent out your property, you have...