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<strong>Will COVID-19 result in a seismic shift towards home working?</strong>}

Will COVID-19 result in a seismic shift towards home working?

18th March 2020

Whilst we wait for the phoenix of the new norm to rise out of the ashes of the COVID-19 crisis, there have been a number of technology writers predicting a permanent move towards home working.

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<strong>Coronavirus: What does it mean for business rates?</strong>}

Coronavirus: What does it mean for business rates?

25th March 2020

In light of the rapidly changed market we all find ourselves in and the ongoing updates to the business community from Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, we want to provide an update on what it means in relation to your business rates liabilities.

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<strong>What will the south east property market look like in a post COVID-19 world?</strong>}

What will the south east property market look like in a post COVID-19 world?

30th March 2020

Understanding what will drive corporate real estate decisions after COVID-19 is vital to help businesses proactively plan for their future property needs. What parallels can be drawn from the past and learnt from as we prepare for the post-COVID-19 world?

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<strong>Tenant advice amid COVID-19  – Improving cashflow and other practical necessities</strong>}

Tenant advice amid COVID-19  – Improving cashflow and other practical necessities

2nd April 2020

Further to the Government’s advice and the assistance and protections proposed in the Coronavirus Act 2020, it is important to ensure you have considered every possible legal, financial, health and safety and practical implication with regards to leasing commercial property at this unprecedented, challenging and fast moving time.

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<strong>Can I still get a property valuation despite COVID-19?</strong>}

Can I still get a property valuation despite COVID-19?

28th April 2020

A key requirement of a property valuation is that you have to inspect the building in question. Since the implementation of stringent measures to combat the spread of COVID-19, surveying and valuing properties in person has become more challenging, but not impossible. 

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<strong>Is how we sign documents about to change amid COVID-19?</strong>}

Is how we sign documents about to change amid COVID-19?

7th April 2020

With social distancing in place amid the Coronavirus outbreak, and set to remain for some time, the inability to sign contracts “in ink” or in some cases with a witness present, is causing a bottleneck of deals in the real estate sector.

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<strong>Tenants and COVID-19: Frequently asked questions</strong>}

Tenants and COVID-19: Frequently asked questions

8th April 2020

Naturally, you, as tenants, will have a lot of questions amid the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. We've pulled together a list of some of the most common questions that our clients are asking us currently, which we hope you find helpful. 

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<strong>How will my rent review be affected by COVID-19?</strong>}

How will my rent review be affected by COVID-19?

8th April 2020

When it comes to your rent review, the key consideration will be the date of the review.

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<strong>Lease advice for tenants: Working with your landlord to achieve the right outcome</strong>}

Lease advice for tenants: Working with your landlord to achieve the right outcome

8th April 2020

As many businesses have closed their premises to tackle the on-going coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, we take a look at how occupiers of commercial property can work with their landlords to achieve short term support to help at this difficult time.

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<strong>I am being asked by all my tenants for rent holidays amid COVID-19. Am I obliged to say yes in light of new Government legislation?</strong>}

I am being asked by all my tenants for rent holidays amid COVID-19. Am I obliged to say yes in light of new Government legislation?

9th April 2020

The default position for any landlord and tenant will be the lease contract you have in place which, in most cases, requires a tenant to pay rent in advance on a quarterly or monthly basis.

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<strong>British Chambers Of Commerce Support</strong>}

British Chambers Of Commerce Support

14th April 2020

As the Coronavirus continues to impact the operations of businesses, learn more about the steps that Chambers and members can implement to minimise impact on local communities and support the UK government's strategy.

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<strong>Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce: Legal Advice Line</strong>}

Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce: Legal Advice Line

14th April 2020

Members of the Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce (TVCC) can automatically benefit from access to legal services to protect business interests through the TVCC Legal & HR Solution.

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<strong>Leesman & RICS-IFMA launch joint COVID-19 response group</strong>}

Leesman & RICS-IFMA launch joint COVID-19 response group

14th April 2020

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) collaborate on emergency initiative with Leesman about the threat posed to the real estate and facilities management industries by COVID-19.

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<strong>COVID-19 and the office evolution: Five things for landlords and tenants to watch</strong>}

COVID-19 and the office evolution: Five things for landlords and tenants to watch

15th April 2020

Both landlords and tenants are starting to plan how to put their best foot forward to ensure that they emerge from the current COVID-19 pandemic in as good shape as is possible.

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<strong>Can I obtain a Building Survey despite COVID-19 related travel restrictions?</strong>}

Can I obtain a Building Survey despite COVID-19 related travel restrictions?

21st April 2020

Many property transactions are being driven by lease events such as lease ends or break dates, which will need to proceed despite the challenges that COVID-19 presents.

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<p><strong>FAQs: How is COVID-19 affecting planning and development?</strong></p>}

FAQs: How is COVID-19 affecting planning and development?

13th April 2020

The current sentiment is there remains a robust case for new homes and the right type of commercial development, and the current turbulence is not the result of any wider market failure but is due to this health crisis.

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<strong>What will your post-pandemic property portfolio look like?</strong>}

What will your post-pandemic property portfolio look like?

28th April 2020

“Now that everyone is working from home, can I close all of my offices at the next lease break?” This is a question we have been asked in various forms and with varying levels of seriousness in recent weeks in conversation with our occupier clients. And the answer isn’t a straight forward one.

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<strong>As a property lender, can I appoint a Fixed Charge / LPA Receiver during COVID-19 lockdown to recover debt?</strong>}

As a property lender, can I appoint a Fixed Charge / LPA Receiver during COVID-19 lockdown to recover debt?

28th April 2020

Many businesses and their people are being adversely affected financially by the COVID-19 pandemic, through no fault of their own. As a result, there is considerable sensitivity around lenders taking any formal action against borrowers during these unique circumstances.

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<strong>What will happen when we return to the office after COVID-19 lockdown ends?</strong>}

What will happen when we return to the office after COVID-19 lockdown ends?

5th May 2020

There is a plethora of information and misinformation from across the globe relating to the post-COVID-19 workplace, from advice and sales calls, to guides, stories and emailers offering a host of products that will be ‘necessary’ to ensure a safe return to the office.

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<strong>Steps for reoccupying commercial buildings: property asset management tips</strong>}

Steps for reoccupying commercial buildings: property asset management tips

6th May 2020

As the Government begins to announce the ease of social distancing restrictions amid the continued COVID-19 outbreak, both landlords and tenants will be considering what steps they need to take to enable their business, or that of their tenants, to return to normal.

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<strong>Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19): advice to employers </strong>}

Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19): advice to employers 

12th May 2020

Following on from Sunday's announcement by the Prime Minister regarding the relaxing of some lockdown measures, the Government has published refreshed guidance for employers about how to work safely during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

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<strong>What does a 'Covid-secure' office look like?</strong>}

What does a 'Covid-secure' office look like?

19th May 2020

As people continue to return to the workplace following the Government's recent announcement, businesses continue to do all that they can to ensure a "Covid-secure" workplace, adhering to the latest guidelines

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<strong>Is it too soon to write off the office?</strong>}

Is it too soon to write off the office?

9th June 2020

Nearly 80 days have passed since the great working from home experiment began. At the time, many naysayers predicted the death of the office and a permanent shift to home working.

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<strong>Covid of Conduct</strong>}

Covid of Conduct

24th June 2020

In addition to announcing an extension to the relief from lease forfeiture until the 30 of September last week, the Government has also published a new Code of Practice for commercial property relationships amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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