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Covid-19: Key Issues for Landlords

The Covid-19 pandemic has created upheaval for almost all businesses and individuals. Many landlords and tenants are experiencing financial hardship. To protect commercial and residential tenants from losing their premises during the pandemic, the government has brought in various emergency measures. Landlords and tenants have a ... Continue reading

The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act

OverviewThe Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act (CIG) received Royal Assent on 26 June 2020. The CIG is expected to improve the ability of companies to be efficiently restructured, reinvigorate UK rescue culture, and support the UK’s economic recovery.It also includes temporary corporate governance changes to shareholder mee ... Continue reading

The GDPR Two Years On

After a long build-up, a great deal of commentary, fear, and anticipation, the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation or “GDPR” came into effect on 25 May 2018. At the time, a great deal of attention was focused on the wider scope of the GDPR and, in particular, how “personal data” was defined. Individuals or “data subjects” ha ... Continue reading

SME Tips for Weathering the Coronavirus Storm

IntroductionThe outbreak of COVID-19 and the ensuing pandemic is unprecedented in recent times and its economic impact is similarly unheard of. The Office for Budget Responsibility recently warned that the pandemic could lead to the UK economy shrinking by 35% by June 2020.For many businesses of all shapes and sizes, in a variet ... Continue reading

Working from Home with Children

IntroductionWorking from home is the new normal for thousands of people in many sectors and industries. The laptop on the dining table is the new workstation on the desk; Zoom is the new conference room; and the kids are the new colleagues.For some, this will be a delightful change, and indeed there are many who thrive on the fl ... Continue reading

New Property Regulations on Default Payments in Wales

The Welsh Government has laid regulations on the default payments which can be charged to tenants occupying premises under an assured shorthold tenancy in the private rented sector in Wales.The Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Prescribed Limits of Default Payments) (Wales) Regulations 2020 (‘the Act’) come into force on 28 April 2020. ... Continue reading

Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards – Changes from 1 April

The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015 (‘the 2015 Regulations’) established the new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) in the residential private rented sector. Since 1 April 2018 it has been unlawful for a landlord in England or Wales to enter into a new letting (or extend o ... Continue reading

Coronavirus, Commercial Contracts, and Force Majeure

As cases of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, continue to increase, having now reached pandemic status, as defined by the World Health Organization, many businesses are feeling the impact. This is perhaps most keenly felt where employees are concerned, either with staff taking sick leave, or with the need to increase home-work ... Continue reading

Budget 2020 – Extraordinary Measures and the Coronavirus

In the Budget address on 11 March, Rishi Sunak, Chancellor of the Exchequer, announced £7 billion of extraordinary measures to support the economy through the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.What Measures Have Been Announced?The following key measures were announced:The cost of statutory sick pay (SSP) for coronavirus-related abse ... Continue reading

Extension of The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018

The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 (‘the Act’) came into force on 20 March 2019. This Act created a duty on social housing landlords, private residential landlords, and letting agents acting on their behalf (by implying a covenant in new tenancy agreements made on or after the 20 March 2019 for a term of less than ... Continue reading

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