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Can I get out of a commercial lease early?

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COVID-19 has had a significant impact on almost every business in the UK. For many businesses, it means they no longer require their business premises, or can no longer afford it. There are many other reasons, not directly related to COVID-19, that you may...

A new wave of lockdown - what does it mean for High Street retailers?

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In a pre-Covid world a retail tenant's primary concern was the effect that online shopping would have on the foot fall within the high street. However, post-Covid retail tenants may be facing new concerns not only with regard to the payment of rent but...

Renewing telecoms agreements - further guidance

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Following our September article ('4G or not 4G? That is the question…'), the case of Vodafone Ltd v Hanover Capital Ltd heard by the County Court (sitting in the Upper Tribunal) has offered new help for landlords in what was the first decision...

Tenant Farmers Association (TFA) recommending initiating rent reviews by Michaelmas

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In light of the looming end of the EU transition period, the TFA has suggested that tenant farmers should be pro-active in the face of the potential disruption to the agricultural markets and consider initiating a rent review by Michaelmas (29th...

4G or not 4G? That is the question...

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The rural community's commitment to making sure that the UK's communication network is as effective and widespread as possible should not be taken advantage of when agreeing terms of a telecoms lease. Since the introduction of The Electronic...

Renewing a commercial lease - what can be negotiated?

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If your commercial lease is up for renewal, you may wish to find out what you can negotiate to make the agreement work for you and your business. Depending on the terms of your current lease, it may be that any lease renewal would be governed by the...

Getting Ready For When The Office Lights Go Back On...

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Office spaces with communal areas and shared facilities will be in the frontline when the next stage of lockdown is lifted, and staff return to the workplace. Managing the return and preparing the building for what is being called the ‘new...

Payments During The Pandemic

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During this unprecedented time, the Commercial Property team at Gepp Solicitors has been receiving numerous enquiries from both Landlords and Tenants needing urgent advice as to how the situation with COVID-19 affects them. As we are all aware, the current...

Possible new fee structure for Grant of Probate

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On 5th November legislation was laid before Parliament to implement a new banded structure of fees for obtaining a Grant of Probate. The change has been hinted at since February 2017, with the initial plans having since been revised so that the fee will...

Ten out of ten isn't bad?

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Well it probably is when it means you came tenth out of ten, but if you're going to lose then why not do it well?! The imaginatively named 'Team Gepp' made its dodgeball debut last week at Jump Street Chelmsford's corporate event in...

Wills: Are you part of the majority?

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In an annually published report by Kings Court Trust, it has been confirmed that only approximately 45% of the adult population in the UK have a Will. While this is an increase of 6% compared to last year's figures, it still means that over half of...

'Incapacity crisis'

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A recent study has indicated that as a country, the number of people likely to lose capacity is dramatically more than the number of people who are prepared for such a situation. Figures have demonstrated that in the 11 years between 2005/6...

The MEES - Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards

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As we have now entered into April, the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards ('the Mees') have been brought into force by way of The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/962). The broad effect of...