LAW2022 Online: Commercial Property (Autumn)

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Mark Shelton and Richard Snape

CPD Hours: 6


Available from 5th October 2022, Our expert speakers present LAW Online: Commercial Property (Autumn) which will update you on topics for Solicitors in practice without leaving your desk and at a time to suit you.

This event features a combination of live and pre-recorded content, providing up to 6 hours of CPD

The course includes:

  • A high quality 4 x 1 hour pre-recorded video and audio broadcast (topic titles are listed below)
  • Q&A – a Live 1-hour 'Shape the Debate' Q&A session with our speakers that will take place on 6th October at 1pm. This is your opportunity to hear our experts answering attendee questions on both the recorded content and general day to day Residential Conveyancing issues. Register and pre-submit a question using the link in the 'Related Links' section.
  • LAW Online: Residential Property exhibition – visit this and you can gain an additional hour of CPD, via a webinar of choice from our Webinar Learning Library worth £35 +VAT and also book your LEAP appointment.

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Commercial Property Topics covered by this course:-

1. Commercial lease repairing covenants, service charges and dilapidations

Presented by Richard Snape

The course aims to look at some of the issues involved in this important area. Topics covered include:

  • Repair as opposed to renewal and inherent defects
  • Service charge liability including recent case law
  • Some ancillary issues relating to break clauses and rent review
  • Damages claims and S.18 Landlord and Tenant Act 1927

2. Alienation, alteration and user covenants: the problems and solutions

Presented by Richard Snape

These covenants are a staple for commercial property professionals but present various pitfalls. The course aims to look at some of the problems and solutions.

Topics covered include:

  • Obtaining the licence
  • Reasonableness of refusal of consent to alienation
  • Time for giving consent and S.1 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1988
  • User covenants and keep open clauses
  • Alteration and improvements: questioning refusal of consent
  • Planning permission changes in England and their impact on alienation and user covenants

3. Security for Rent – Guarantees, Deposits and Other Options

Presented by Mark Shelton – Commercial Property Management Law Trainer

Security for payment of rent by a tenant underpins not only the landlord’s return on its investment, but also the valuation of the asset.

Guarantees, whether from a parent company or a director and shareholder, have come to appear increasingly vulnerable in the light of legal developments over recent years. The benefit of a guarantee can be lost through successive assignments of the lease, or by variation of the lease. Guarantees may be set aside for undue influence. Insolvency procedures have been used to restructure lease commitments, and effectively relieve parent companies of the burden of guarantees at precisely the point where the landlord expected to be able to call on them.

This does not mean that guarantees are no longer required, but landlords will increasingly be interested in other available forms of security, principally rent deposits. But a rent deposit raises its own set of issues surrounding financial compliance requirements, effective registration, the impact of insolvency, and procedures upon assignment. This webinar surveys the different types of available security.

4. Vacant Property, Property Guardians and Rental Auctions

Presented by Mark Shelton – Commercial Property Management Law Trainer

While a vacant property may present an opportunity for repair, upgrades, statutory compliance work and perhaps re-purposing to accommodate change of use, it is more often the case that it presents a range of problems and issues. Is there any way of avoiding or reducing liability for business rates? How can the risk of break-ins and malicious damage be addressed?

Property guardians present a possible answer to some of the issues, but how effective a solution is this? Developing caselaw provides some answers.

Now that the government is legislating to introduce rental auctions in relation to vacant high street properties, a number of questions leap to mind. If a landlord intends to redevelop a property, will this exclude it from the scope of the scheme? If there is only one bidder, will the landlord be required to grant a lease at whatever rent the individual bidder is prepared to pay? How will service charges be dealt with? Would a landlord be permitted to favour a bidder that can produce a guarantor over one that cannot? Could a landlord choose to grant a lease to a bidder that is prepared to take a longer lease, but at a lower rent?

Now that the much of the detail of the proposals is known, consideration can be given to these issues, and how to respond.

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We have trialled the format at previous online conferences, and we are overwhelmed with the feedback we have received from making our face-to-face events possible online. Comments we have received so far include:

"The whole experience was valuable, and communication has been really first class" - General Advisor

"I wanted to say how much I valued receiving and sharing the Online webinar. I felt it was very helpful and very interesting for you to allow all legal practitioners to participate. Thank you for all the extra information and resources, I look forward to the next." - Solicitor in practice

"The world of law is in constant flux and the speakers update on recent developments will be extremely helpful going forward (as they ever are!)" - Solicitor/Director

"I have never attended a similar event but I definitely would again" - Partner

"A good way to access training at a time to suit you, the online course is as effective as attending in person." - Associate Solicitor