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Legal update

10 July 2020 Electronic signatures in conveyancing

On 9 July the Land Registry published draft guidance setting out the basis on which it will accept for registration transfers (and certain other deeds) that have been signed electronically.

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1 July 2020 Government extends tenant protections and introduces new code of practice

On 19 June 2020, the Government announced that it was extending the various tenant protections it has brought in over the last few months and, at the same time, published a new voluntary code of practice to provide clarity for businesses when discussing rental payments and to encourage best practice so that all parties are supported.

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Legal update

1 July 2020 Real estate quarterly update - April to June 2020

Read more about our latest real estate update aimed at in house lawyers (and other professionals) practising in the property / real estate sector.

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Legal update

1 July 2020 Dreams Ltd v Pavilion Property Trustees Ltd and another [2020] EWHC 1169 (Ch)

Whilst a failure by a tenant to pay damages for dilapidations was not a condition of completion of an agreement to surrender a lease, a failure by the tenant to deliver vacant possession was.

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Legal update

1 July 2020 Cardtronics UK Ltd and others v Sykes and others (Valuation Officers) [2020] UKSC 21

The Supreme Court has upheld the Court of Appeal’s decision that the sites of ATMs both inside and outside of shops should not be separately assessed for business rates.

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1 July 2020 Rees v 82 Portland Place Investments LLP and another [2020] EWHC 1177 (Ch)

The sanctity of the title register prevails – the court refuses to allow the register to be rectified despite the serious financial consequences that result.

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1 July 2020 Monosolar IQ Ltd v Woden Park Ltd [2020] EWHC 1407 (Ch)

The court generously comes to a tenant’s aid when interpreting an index-linked rent review clause.

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Legal update

1 July 2020 Trecarrell House Ltd v Rouncefield [2020] EWCA Civ 760

A landlord’s failure to provide its tenant with a gas safety certificate before the tenant took occupation did not permanently bar the landlord from serving a notice terminating the tenancy under section 21 of the Housing Act 1988.

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Legal update

1 July 2020 Duval v 11-13 Randolph Crescent Ltd [2020] UKSC 18

A landlord in a block of flats breached a mutual enforcement obligation by licensing one flat tenant to carry out alterations where there was an absolute prohibition against those alterations.

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17 June 2020 Public matters - June 2020

This month focuses on the impact of Covid-19 on environmental law, housing disrepair and English devolution and a highways Court of Appeal decision.

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