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The Real Deal Legal Update

Use clause in lease held unenforceable under UK competition law

The Central London County Court has struck down a use restriction in a proposed retail lease, holding that it breaches the Competition Act 1998.
Competitive tender process required for major variations to city centre development agreement

Attempts by Winchester City Council and developer TIAA Henderson to revise a redevelopment scheme have come up against EU rules on public procurement.

Minimum energy efficiency standards for rental properties in England & Wales: regulations published

From 1 April 2018, the regulations will make it illegal for a landlord to let out an F or G EPC-rated commercial building, subject to a few exemptions.

EPC and DEC data for commercial properties to be published –16 January opt-out deadline

Details of energy performance certificates for non-residential buildings in England & Wales are to be published, unless owners opt out by 16 January.

Property Owner Business Improvement Districts: giving landlords a voice

It will soon be easier for commercial property landlords in London to collaborate to improve their local area, through Property Owner BIDs.

Unlocking the Asian Century: a wave of investment into UK and European real estate

The wave of investment from China and other growth economies is only just beginning, according to King & Wood Mallesons International Head of Real Estate Bryan Pickup.

More flexibility to change UK real estate to residential use under new planning reform proposals

Industrial, storage & distribution and office buildings could be changed to residential use if UK government proposals are implemented.

Disclaimer of lease leaves landlord with large rates bill

In Schroder v Birmingham (2014), the High Court clarified who is liable for business rates in England after a tenant becomes insolvent.

Minimum energy efficiency standards for rental properties in England & Wales: government consults on proposed regulations

The July 2014 consultation paper details restrictions, in force 1 April 2018, on leasing buildings in England and Wales with F- or G- rated energy performance.

Use clause in lease held unenforceable under UK competition law

The Central London County Court has struck down a use restriction in a proposed retail lease, holding that it breaches the Competition Act 1998.

HS2 compensation package clarified and deadline set for objections

Deadlines of 16 May 2014 (businesses) and 23 May (individuals) to object to the HS2 Bill. Compensation package for homeowners and small businesses.

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