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Unopposed lease renewal case provides insight into Court's approach to determining new lease terms

22 Apr 2021
The recent case of WH Smith Retail Holdings Limited v Commerz Real Investmentgesellshaft MBH is an unopposed lease renewal case under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 (the Act).
As a relatively rare example of an unopposed lease renewal case that proceeded to trial, this case provides insight into the Court's approach to determining terms of a new lease where there is no agreement between the parties. The terms of particular interest in this case were the trigger pandemic rent suspension clause, the rent payable under the new lease, and the interim rent payable

Government proposes changes to MEES to help implement EPC band B by 2030

19 Apr 2021
Buildings are responsible for around 31% of carbon emissions in the UK. Reducing their energy consumption is therefore one of the major challenges in the race to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. Last month the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) issued two consultations concerning the energy efficiency of non-domestic property. Here we bring you up to date on the latest proposals relating to Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES).

Supporting housing delivery through new planning powers

14 Apr 2021
Against the backdrop of the pandemic, the government created a new use Class E 'commercial, business and service' category from 1 September 2020, to make it easier for high street premises to change use without the need for a planning application. The aim was to facilitate a wider range of commercial, retail and leisure uses commonly found in town centres adapting to changing circumstances and respond to the needs of their local communities.
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Consultation on protections for commercial tenants

08 Apr 2021
The Government has published a consultation paper and questionnaire, seeking responses and evidence from the property industry generally as to how negotiations have fared over the pandemic period between commercial landlords and tenants on rescheduling rent liabilities. This is intended to inform possible future legislation to deal with the upcoming end of tenant protection measures on 30 June 2021.
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Hot off the press! Further extension of winding-up moratorium

25 Mar 2021
As foreshadowed by the Draft Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 (Coronavirus) (Change of Expiry Date) Regulations 2021 the relevant period for temporary reliefs under the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 has been extended to 30 June 2021. Most notably, this will mean that the current suspension of personal liability for wrongful trading and the restrictions on use of statutory demands and winding up petitions will remain in place until that date.