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The unknown unknown
How commercial property tenants can protect themselves from costs arising from inherent defects.
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SME guide to energy efficiency
Advice from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to help your business become more energy efficient, with ideas, case studies and tips to start reducing bills today. Topics covered include heating, lighting, office equipment and production equipment.
Legal Alert is a monthly checklist from Atom Content Marketing highlighting new and pending laws, regulations, codes of practice and rulings that could have an impact on your business.
Landlords should be very caution when responding to pre-contractual enquiries, even where a clause in the subsequent contract states that the tenant has not relied on any prior statement or representation, as this will be ineffective except to the extent that the clause is reasonable, the Court of Appeal has ruled.
Landlords need to make changes to their processes, and obtain necessary certificates, in view of new assured shorthold tenancy (AST) rules coming into force from 1 October 2018.Landlords need to make changes to their processes, and obtain necessary certificates, in view of new assured shorthold tenancy (AST) rules coming into force from 1 October 2018.
Landlords should be aware that they and their officers may be guilty of environmental offences, for example, carrying on a waste operation without a permit, if a departing tenant leaves unauthorised waste on the site, and the landlord knows about it but does nothing to prevent it or deal with it - a ruling makes clear.
Disclaimer: These articles from Atom Content Marketing are for general guidance only, for businesses in the United Kingdom governed by the laws of England. Atom Content Marketing, expert contributors and ICAEW (as distributor) disclaim all liability for any errors or omissions.
The ICAEW Library & Information Service provides access to a range of articles in full text from leading business, finance and management journals. This resource is available to ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users.
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Portugal: European court rules on VAT on real estate transactions in Portugal
The article offers information about tax laws and regulations in Portugal. Topics being presented include the option for VAT taxation of the supply of Portuguese real estate as well as a trial at Portuguese domestic courts which has reached the Court of Justice of the European Union, which ruled in favour of the taxpayer in a case of restriction in relation to the right of VAT deduction.
Opinion: Talk of land price rises is 'hogwash'
Stephen Carr reports on a downward trend in farmland prices. Most likely causes are the potential for a loss of access to the EU's internal food market, adverse trade tariffs on UK food exports, and a decreased level of UK farm subsidy once Britain has left the EU. But, as he explains, there are other less obvious factors.
Keep the tourists coming
Global tourism continues to have a powerful economic impact on US outlet shopping centres, which use a variety of marketing techniques and incentives to attract big-spending international shoppers.
British Property Federation (BPF)
The professional body representing the UK property industry provides information for commercial landlords and investors, including the BPF IPD Annual Lease Review report.
Small business property hub (RICS)
Guidance from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) covering a wide range of topics, including planning permission, business rates and valuations.
Code for Leasing Business Premises
The Code for Leasing Business Premises in England and Wales 2007 represents owners and occupiers, particularly in small business. Resources on the website include an Occupier Guide, Model Heads of Terms and supplemental briefing notes on environmental good practice.
An independent website providing businesses with free information, guides, calculators and checklists for a successful office move.
A non-departmental public body (NDPB) providing free advice on the law affecting residential leasehold property in England and Wales. Includes a practitioners directory and guides on the core issues that affect leasehold property, written by professional legal advisers.
Renting a business property: tenant responsibilities
GOV.UK government guidance on the health and safety responsibilities of companies renting business properties.
Small Business Retail Lease
An example short-term lease for high street retail property produced by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). A sample Heads of Terms document and guides for tenants and advisors are also available.
SME guide to energy efficiency
Advice from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to help your business become more energy efficient. Topics covered include heating, lighting, office equipment and production equipment, with case studies from businesses which used these methods to save money.
Atom Content Marketing guides
- Find premises for your business
Choosing the right premises is a major decision for many businesses. The right location can be critical for attracting customers and employees, while the premises themselves can significantly influence productivity.
- Find the right premises for growth
If you expect your business to grow quickly, it can be difficult to get suitable premises for your needs. Though you may not need much space now, the situation could be very different in 12 or 18 months' time.
- Getting out of a lease
As the needs of your business change, you may wish to get out of the lease on your premises. This is seldom easy. A lease is a legal contract, and your landlord can take you to court if you break it.
- Property licences
Moving into licensed property is easier, quicker and cheaper than taking on a lease or buying a freehold property. Licensed properties are often ideal for start-ups and smaller businesses.
- Rent reviews and rating assessments
Rent reviews are a mechanism for adjusting a tenant's rent to the current market level. Similarly, the revaluation of rating assessments adjusts the rates an occupier pays, bringing it into line with rental values.
- Renting premises
Compared with purchasing premises, renting is flexible and ties up a minimal amount of capital. Most businesses rent their premises, either through a lease or a licence.
Articles and books in the Library collection
Negotiating a tax-efficient new lease
Tips and Advice - Tax, 23 January 2014. p.3
Looks at some tax-efficient options for tenants wanting to renew or sign a new commercial property lease.
(College of Law, 2016)
A comprehensive and systematic guide to the principles of landlord and tenant law.
Capital allowances for business property: a guide for owners
The aim of this book is to help proprietors and their managers to understand the key points they need to know about capital allowances. Reflects the changes introduced in 2012 and those that are expected to apply from 2014.
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