Commercial property news

Planning: Amendments to Permitted Planning Development

Several changes to planning law came into force on 6 April 2014. The changes introduce a number of new permitted development rights for change of use: New Class CA allows a building used as a shop to be used as a bank, a building society, a credit union or...

Nuisance and Noise Control: Important Supreme Court Judgment

Businesses that operate noisy or controversial activities, together with developers, should be made aware of an important Supreme Court judgment on the principles of private nuisance. The case related to a noise nuisance caused by the responding...

Payment of Rent as an Administration Expense

Landlords will welcome the decision in a case concerning the administration of the Game group of companies. The Court of Appeal held that an administrator or liquidator must pay the rent arising in respect of property leased by the insolvent company, for any...

Contract negotiations: pitfalls to avoid

A High Court decision provides a classic example of why, when offering or negotiating a settlement of any dispute, it is important to add the words “subject to contract” to correspondence where it is intended that the settlement should not be...

Relief from capital gains tax on incorporation of a business

Taxpayers that actively manage their property lettings and wish to incorporate their business will welcome a recent decision in the Upper Tribunal (Tax Chamber). The Upper Tribunal determined that the term “business” in the capital gains tax...

Break clauses in commercial leases

The High Court, in a case where a tenant having paid rent for a full quarter exercised a break-clause part way through the quarter, has implied a term into the lease entitling the tenant to a repayment of rent from the break date to the end of the quarter....

Streathers announces sponsorship first

We are pleased to announce a first for the firm, being a sponsorship deal with Abbey Rugby Club, an amateur rugby club based near Reading. Members of the club’s under 8s team sported their new kit on the pitch at Adams Park, home of London Wasps of...

Marathon Man

Zach Reynolds, head of residential property at Streathers, completed the New York marathon on 3rd November in a time of 3 hrs 56 mins. After his previous bids to break the 4 hour barrier in New York were thwarted firstly by hitting ‘the wall’ at...

Challenging the cost of utilities recovered through service charges

Landlords and managing agents should be made aware of an Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) decision in favour of a residential tenant who challenged water charges recovered through her service charge. In this case, the landlord had been put on notice that the...

Streathers launches re brand

We are pleased to announce the launch of our re-brand, marked by a drinks reception held at Claridges Hotel. Formed in 1976 by the firm’s senior partner, Bruce Streather, Streathers continues to go from strength to strength with offices in Clapham and...
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