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2011
What can you do to beat the recession? Can you protect your assets and your business? Is there a fast and low cost way to plan the sale of your property? You always have a choice - make sure you make the right one! Ring us and we will provide you updates on the most recent changes to regulation and to markets.

Tenancy
Rules for landlords to follow and to protect tenants regarding deposits details

Combatting Money Laundering
New and detailed amended rules to combat money laundering are in force As a result professional advisers must ask more questions and in some cases require more information and documentation from clients before they can accept instructions to act or advise. We will need to ask for more information in connection with acting for companies, partnerships, trusts, other bodies of people (such as clubs) and anyone who is acting as agent for another person. We may also need to go through the identification and verification procedures for shareholders, directors, managers, partners, trustees, beneficiaries, club members, anyone acting under a power of attorney, a receiver, administrator or insolvency practitioner or anyone appointed as an agent or broker of any kind. In addition, the exemption under the old rules for existing clients from the procedures for identification and verification has been removed. As a matter of policy we operate the new rules in relation to all clients and all matters. All we ask is that you attend at our offices with - your passport or picture driving licence - an original council tax, gas or electricity bill addressed to you and dated within the last three months For Data Protection Act purposes, we must also advise you that we are required to retain this information for at least five years.

HIP
The new government has kept one of its manifesto promises by suspending the HIPs legislation with immediate effect. EPC’s remain though under EU law but they are changing too: The EPC has to be commissioned before the start of marketing Commissioning means the Inspector has been asked to prepare the EPC and it has either been paid for or payment has been promised The person acting for the seller on the sale must be satisfied commissioning has taken place The seller and seller’s agent must make reasonable efforts to get the EPC within 28 days Penalties will be imposed for breaching these relaxed requirements The EPC will have a life of 10 years, not 3 years as at present or 3 months as originally envisaged. This brings it in line with EPC’s for rented property. Let marketing begin

Will
Did you see the Panorama programme on BBC 1 on 9th August? If you do not have a Will you need to know what to look out for so why not pop in for a chat. Link to the programme at www.bbc.co.uk/i/tfqqj or http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00tfqqj/Panorama_Wills_the_Final_Rip_Off/


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    Commercial Property

As commercial property solicitors with over 25 years experience practising both locally and in the City,  we have a broad range of skills, experience and expertise in landlord and tenant matters. 

We act for landlords and tenants in connection with both commercial and residential property sales and lettings and undertake all types of mixed development work including planning, land acquisition, pre-letting and financial agreements.

Energy Performance Certificates

A valid EPC is required for the sale or letting of most commercial properties.  European Directives regulate the legislation of EPC's and contain specific provisions for commercial properties.  All properties require an EPC prepared by a qualified assessor when they are built, sold or rented.  A full copy of the EPC must be supplied free of charge at the earliest opportunity in a negotiation.

Advice and recommendations

We maintain a list of assessors that we can recommend and  can arrange the preparation of an EPC on your behalf before marketing starts to reduce delay.  

Responsibility

Responsibility for arranging inspections and obtaining the EPC lies with the building owner, the seller or the landlord.  Estate agents also have responsibility to ensure these requirements are met. 

Enforcement of the EPC regulations is by Trading Standards officers [TSOs] and ,for commercial buildings, fines can be up to £5000 for breaching these regulations.  As experienced commercial property lawyers we practice in and around Teddington in South West London. Areas include Hampton Hill, Twickenham, Hampton Wick and Kingston upon Thames.

 

 

 

   

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