Squatters on your property?

Having squatters take over a property can be a landlord’s worst nightmare. And following the criminalisation of squatting in residential property in 2012, the risk to commercial landlords is growing all the time. Clearly, prevention is better than cure and…

People Power

With a rise in short term lets, ‘traditional’ commercial landlords are coming under increasing pressure to find ways to compete with the likes of WeWork, which lets space on shorter, more flexible terms. There’s no denying the times they are…

Campaign Groups Call for Changes in Property Laws

Campaign groups claiming to represent the nation’s renters are challenging part of the Housing Act 1988, saying the right of a landlord to evict a tenant with no fault or without giving reason contravenes international law. A further claim suggests…

Flying Into Trouble

Aerial video footage is becoming increasingly popular in marketing property schemes and developments. However, the rules around where drones can fly and what they can and can’t film is an evolving area, especially in the post GDPR world and developments…

Repair the way you negotiate

If the only thing you think about is the cost of the rent when negotiating a lease you might find some nasty and costly surprises round the corner. It is essential that you fully understand the extent of your repair…

Fraud in Construction Adjudication

Introduction This blog considers the extent to which an adjudicator can decide an issue of fraud which amounts to the subject matter of an adjudication or arises in an adjudication referred under the Act[1]. It further considers the related issues…

Construction Case Update – Adjudication – Part 4 of 2018

The Enforcement of Adjudicators’ Awards under the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996: Part 4 of 2018 Kenneth T. Salmon and Katy Ormston This article forms Part 4 of the series of articles continuing the reporting and review of cases on…

Allocating risk under Building Contracts

Parties to a building contract are required to deal with a variety of risks that may affect them during a construction project. Some risks are common to most building projects but others may be project specific. It is imperative when…

Contractor insolvency – an Employer’s viewpoint

The construction industry depends on regular cash flow and the financial disaster of contractor insolvency can derail an entire construction project. Here we consider the measures an employer may take to protect itself from a contractor becoming insolvent during or…