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Commercial landlords – Rent or possession?
Commercial landlords – Rent or possession?

It has been a tough year for the retail sector this year, with many retail tenants falling into arrears. When managing their portfolios, commercial landlords need to consider their remedies in such...

Boundary disputes – an alternative way?
Boundary disputes – an alternative way?

Unfortunately, boundary disputes, particularly in a residential context, tend to be acrimonious and although the increased use in mediation has improved the situation so that technically there are no...

What rights do I have to a share of a house?
What rights do I have to a share of a house?

People who live together, be it friends, unmarried partners or as more and more often the case, adult children, and parents, often believe that as a result of the cohabitation they have some...

I give you my word (verbal boundary agreements)
I give you my word (verbal boundary agreements)

It has long been understood that binding contracts in relation to land have to be in writing (section 2(1) of the Law of Property (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1989). However, it is important to...

Am I entitled to a share of the house even if I am not the legal owner?
Am I entitled to a share of the house even if I am not the legal owner?

Can a property be owned by people who are not registered as owners or by co-owners where there is no agreement as to ownership? Firstly, anyone who is uncertain of who the owner of a specific...

Landlords - You can prevent easements by prescription from arising!
Landlords - You can prevent easements by prescription from arising!

The Court of Appeal has considered if a landowner could prevent someone from claiming an easement over land merely by placing notices/signs indicating that the land is for private use only. In...

Surrender – is handing back the keys enough?
Surrender – is handing back the keys enough?

Unfortunately, despite evidence that there are now less empty units than there were in 2012, high profile announcements of store closures such as that of BHS are still a reality. The recent case...

Break clauses and commercial leases
Break clauses and commercial leases

Initiating break clauses in leases may seem straight forward but can provide traps for the unwary. Unless a break clause is properly activated, the lease may not be broken thus leaving the tenant...

The importance of a local search
The importance of a local search

One of the most important searches carried out as part of the conveyancing process (whether buying a house or taking lease of commercial premises) is the local search. Technically this consists of 2...

Pardoes' Taunton lawyers again make it to the top of the Premier League of legal experts
Pardoes' Taunton lawyers again make it to the top of the Premier League of legal...

Pardoes has been recommended in the following 5 practice areas:   - Human resources - Employment: The West Country - Private client - Agriculture and estates - Private client -...