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Can a contract to take an assignment of a commercial lease pre lock down be rescinded (cancelled) in light of the coronavirus pandemic? A Case Study

What happened? Our client, a café business, entered into a contract to take over an existing lease and agreed to pay a significant cash premium for doing so. Before the contract was completed, the coronavirus pandemic hit.  The government...

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Landlords Pursuing Tenants for Unpaid Rent - Update

In light of Covid-19 the Government, by Section 82 of the Coronavirus Act 2020 placed a moratorium on landlords of commercial premises forfeiting leases to commercial tenants until 30 June 2020.  Subsequently such landlords served statutory demands on...

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Absolute restrictions in leases: How the decision in Duval v 11-13 Randolph Crescent Ltd affects landlords

Can a landlord of a block of flats give permission for a tenant to carry out alterations prohibited under that tenant’s lease, when it owes an obligation to the other tenants in the block to enforce that prohibition? Facts 11-13 Randolph Crescent...

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Easements with utility companies - don't get caught out

After purchasing your site and securing planning, you will inevitably start construction. Part of the construction process may involve a utility company coming onto the site and laying down services, as some sites will lack access to water, gas, electricity,...

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