4 January 2013 by

What’s new for commercial property in 2013?

As the government continues to look for ways to stimulate the economy and promote growth, the planning system remains a focal point for commercial property in 2013, with bills passing through Parliament and judicial review (with its effect on the planning process) coming under the spotlight.

A variety of house building and house buying initiatives were announced in 2012 and we shall see if these bear fruit in 2013.

In addition, the following are only some of the areas where changes may occur this year:

Building Regulations – amendments to legislation are proposed to include tighter carbon dioxide emission standards (for commercial properties) to help achieve targets for zero carbon buildings.

Rights to light issues – the Law Commission is examining whether existing laws provide an appropriate balance between the interests of land owners and the need to allow appropriate development.

CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme – the government has announced that the existing scheme will be simplified but not scrapped.

Energy performance Certificates – a full suite of replacement documents has been issued, including replacement regulations.

Commercial rent arrears recovery – the remedy of distress (i.e. sending in bailiffs) is to be replaced by a new procedure.

Business Rates – the small business rate relief holiday has been extended to 31 March 2013.

There are also changes proposed affecting rates for all newly built commercial properties completed between 1 October 2013 and 30 September 2016, for the first 18 months following completion. Watch this space for further information.

If you would like to discuss any of the above (particularly insofar as development is concerned) please do not hesitate to contact us on 0207 288 4700 or email us at info@boltburdon.co.uk

28 December 2012 by

The Draft Finance Bill 2013 – what does it mean for me?

Earlier this month, following the Autumn Statement, HM Treasury and HMRC published draft legislation for the Finance Bill 2013 for consultation before the release of a full Finance Bill in spring 2013. The majority of the draft documentation confirms previous announcements, but what are the main points relevant to you as an individual?

3 January 2013 by

2011 Census figures highlight risks to cohabiting couples, says Resolution

New figures from the UK Census have revealed that more and more couples are living together without being married. Resolution, which represents 6,500 family law professionals in England and Wales, believes the figures once again highlight the urgent need to give legal rights to millions of couples in England and Wales.

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