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Challenges and opportunities ahead in the commercial property market

Hannah Martin
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With the increase in consumers moving to online shopping and more and more people working from home as a result of the pandemic, there are inevitable challenges ahead for landlords and tenants of retail and office space.

Fiona Knight looks at the challenges and opportunities facing commercial landlords and tenants.

A guide to what's involved in the Informal Lease Extension process

Hannah Faith
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Hannah Faith, Leasehold Property Paralegal at Frettens, looks at the Informal Lease Extension route. She provides advice on contacting a freeholder, how to write an extension enquiry and what to look out for in the terms of extension.

My leaseholder asked for a lease extension: Advice for freeholders

Anne Albritton
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Anne Albritton, Associate in our Leasehold Property team, provides advice for freeholders who have been asked for their lease to be extended. She looks at the steps involved in the statutory and non-statutory lease extension processes, outlining what freeholders need to do.

Aviva and Persimmon to scrap ground rents and to sell freeholds at a discount

Niki Adkins
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Aviva and Persimmon have taken further steps to assist leaseholders, pledging to scrap ground rents and to sell freeholds at a discount. Niki Adkins looks at the announcement and discusses whether other housing developers and freeholders will follow suit.

How do I sell my freehold? A guide to the process involved

Anne Albritton
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Freeholders may choose to sell their freehold, or could be forced to sell their freehold through a process called Collective Enfranchisement.

Anne Albritton details the steps involved in selling the freehold, providing advice for freeholders on what they need to adhere in the sale process.

Ban on commercial evictions extended to March 2022

Will Bartley
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Yesterday, it was confirmed that the ban on commercial evictions is set to be extended. Landlord & Tenant lawyer Will Bartley looks at the extension, outlining the key dates and discussing the impact for commercial landlords and tenants.

How can parents protect the bank of mum and dad?

Michelle Petersen
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If nothing is done to protect the bank of mum and dad, there is no guarantee that monies will not be treated as a shared asset in divorce and split with the child’s partner.

Conveyancing Associate Michelle Petersen details the various ways in which parents can protect the bank of mum and dad.

BoMaD: How can parents help first-time buyers?

Michelle Petersen
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According to a recent study by Legal & General, over half of first-time buyers under 35 received a financial gift from the ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’ (BOMAD).

In this article, Conveyancing Associate Michelle Petersen details the different ways in which parents can help their child buy their first home.

Commercial Tenancies and COVID legislation: What protections are set to come to an end?

Hannah Martin
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In this article, Commercial Property Solicitor Hannah Martin provides the dates for when the reliefs and protections for commercial tenancies are coming to an end, detailing what this means for landlords & tenants of commercial property.

Can I alter or improve my flat if I co-own the freehold?

Niki Adkins
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Leasehold Property Specialist Niki Adkins debunks the misconception that a freehold owner can do what they want; and discusses how a co-freeholder needs to use a licence to alter to make alterations to their property.

What is the Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Bill and what does it mean for leaseholders?

Hannah Faith
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In her first article, Hannah Faith, Paralegal in Frettens’ expanding Leasehold Property Team, looks at the Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Bill that was published yesterday. She provides an overview of the bill, describing what it could mean for leaseholders.

Breathing Space Legislation - How does the Debt Respite Scheme affect Landlords?

Will Bartley
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Will Bartley, Landlord & Tenant Executive, looks at the new Breathing Space Legislation. He provides an overview of the Debt Respite Scheme and discusses how the scheme affects landlords.

Why are increased ground rents such an issue for leaseholders?

Niki Adkins
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Why are increasing ground rents an issue and what can I do to prevent my ground rent increasing? Niki Adkins, Associate in our Leasehold Property Team looks at ground rent; giving an overview of what it is, what it does and why they are such an issue for leaseholders.

Deed of Variation for ground rent

Anne Albritton
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My freeholder has offered me a deed of variation to vary my ground rent - What should I do? Ground Rent increases are a hot topic at the moment; and some leaseholders have had a deed of variation offered to them by their freeholder. Anne Albritton looks at how deeds of variation can be used to vary ground rent.

Is now a good time to extend my lease?

Niki Adkins
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Niki Adkins is an Associate and Leasehold Specialist in our expanding Lease Team. In this article, she answers the question: Is now a good time to extend my lease? Niki looks at factors such as reform legislation and cost; going on to describe the lease extension process.

How to take control of management of your block of flats

Niki Adkins
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Niki Adkins, specialist lawyer in our growing Leasehold Property Team, looks at the various ways in which a leaseholder can take control of the management of their block of flats. Detailing how Right to Manage, Enfranchisement and Enforcement Action works.

What is a declaration of trust and why do I need one?

Lee Young
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What is a declaration of trust and why do I need one? Specialist solicitor Lee Young looks at declarations of trust for property purchase and discusses the importance of setting out an equity split agreement.

Buying a flat with a short lease

Anne Albritton
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Anne Albritton, Associate in our growing Lease Team, details the process of buying a flat with a short lease. She goes on to discuss whether short lease property is worth purchasing, weighing up the pros and cons.

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