Keeping It Real Estate

News and Trends in UK Real Estate, Disputes and Planning Law

The short answer is nothing. The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme implements an EU Energy Efficiency Directive and is all set to continue after Brexit on the same basis as before. Draft regulations were published on Thursday 22 November 2018 to make some changes to the current ESOS Regulations once Brexit happens, but this is to address deficiencies in the ESOS Regulations that will be caused by Brexit, not to change their substance. What’s going to…
Following the Court of Appeal decision in Network Rail Infrastructure Limited v Williams and Waistell, Parliament is digging deeper to untangle the effect of Japanese knotweed on the built environment.  The Science and Technology Commons Select Committee has been tasked with ensuring that Government decisions and policies are underpinned by good scientific foundations and is calling for submissions. Back in July we blogged on the Court of Appeal decision which awarded damages to two property…
The Supreme Court has handed down its judgment in the case of S Franses Limited v The Cavendish Hotel (London) Ltd in the most important 1954 Act case for decades. The Court’s decision clarifies the nature of the ‘intention’ which a landlord must have in order to oppose a tenant’s right to renew its tenancy on the ground that the landlord intends to demolish or reconstruct the tenant’s premises. Whilst the Court confirmed that a…
The demand for electric cars is rising. In 2011, only 1,000 electric vehicles were sold in the UK. In 2018, this number increased to 485,000, with a new electric vehicle being registered with the DVLA every 3.6 seconds, and whilst only 3-4% of all vehicles are now plug in, this figure is expected to be 10% by 2020. Why is the market for electric vehicles expanding so rapidly? Arguably the most important reason is that…
So the Carbon Reduction Commitment  Energy Efficiency Scheme (the “CRC”) is being scrapped.  Are there any practical steps I need to take now? The Environment Agency has just published guidance to participants in the CRC on what to do now it is being closed.  As we blogged previously, the current compliance year (ending 31 March 2019) will be the last one for CRC. The guidance describes the steps you need to take, which are:…
It is no secret that this is a challenging time for the hotel industry in London with peak prices, a shortage of viable sites, uncertainty over labour and rising costs and taxes. Notwithstanding, one London Borough has decided that hotels should also be doing their bit to address the housing crisis. In its draft City Plan, published on 12 November, Westminster City Council has proposed affordable housing requirements for many hotels in the Central Activities…
As the number of people in privately rented accommodation increases, the ability of tenants to manage their homes in a way that works for them is becoming increasingly important.  The Right to Manage (“RTM”), which landlords cannot contract out of, was introduced to give tenants of flats more control if they are dissatisfied with the way a landlord or property manager is managing the services in their building. How does it work? Under the Commonhold…
Whilst capital allowances have been available for plant and machinery that forms an integral part of buildings, there has been no relief available for the capital investment to construct most structures or buildings themselves. Until now… The Chancellor announced in the 2018 Budget that the government will introduce a new Structures and Buildings Allowance (“SBA“) for new non-residential structures and buildings. Relief will be provided on eligible construction costs incurred on or after 29 October…
From 1 March 2019 the window to file a Stamp Duty Land Tax (“SDLT”) return, and pay any SDLT due, will reduce from 30 days to 14 days from the effective date of the transaction. As a reminder, generally the “effective date” is the date of completion. However, where a contract for the sale of land or (for example) an agreement for lease is “substantially performed” before completion, the effective date is the date of…
What’s happened? The Government has issued new guidance to help councils grant planning permission for Build to Rent schemes. This is great news for Build to Rent developers as it should mean that permissions are granted more quickly. Councils are encouraged to plan for Build to Rent in their areas where a need is identified, which should mean that more Build to Rent permissions are granted in the future. Why? The Government has recognised the…