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  • Tips & Advice You & Your Business - Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery changes
    Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery changes..Statutory right. Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery (CRAR) came into force in April 2014. It is a statutory procedure which allows landlords of commercial premises to recover rent arrears by entering premises, taking control of the tenant’s goods and then selling them. CRAR applies to a commercial tenancy regardless of whether any reference is made to it in the agreed lease. More time added. On 29 September 2020 , because of the pandemic, the minimum amount of net...
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  • 600+ Business Solutions - New duties for private residential landlords
    On 1 June 2020 new minimum electrical safety standards came into force which most private landlords in England must meet. What are the new legal requirements that you need to be aware of?
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  • Tips & Advice You & Your Business - Coronavirus-related rent arrears
    The temporary moratorium on landlords evicting commercial tenants for non-payment of rent is due to expire on 30 June. If you have been unable to pay your rent due to the coronavirus pandemic, what will be your options then?
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  • Tips & Advice You & Your Business - Business rates discount - do you qualify?
    Some businesses are entitled to a 100% discount of their business rates for 2020/21. Does yours qualify for the discount?
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  • Tips & Advice You & Your Business - Important changes for investment landlords
    Important changes for investment landlords..New legislation. Many business owners invest their cash in private rental property. On 1 June 2019 the Tenant Fees Act 2019 came into force in England and it affects these investors significantly. From that date, nearly all fees which have previously been chargeable to tenants, e.g. approval fees and credit check fees, are banned. In addition, all holding deposits to secure a rental property will be capped at one week’s rent and most tenancy deposits will be capped...
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  • Tips & Advice You & Your Business - The 2018 Budget highlights
    The Chancellor’s Budget included a few welcome changes and a few that were less desirable. What impact might these have on you and your business?
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  • Tips & Advice You & Your Business - The 2018 Spring Statement
    The 2018 Spring Statement..Main taxes. There’s not much to say about Mr Hammond’s first Spring Statement. No tax changes were announced, but the Chancellor said there would be several consultations and “calls for evidence” which will affect future tax policy, e.g. VAT registration limits and work-related training costs. For information about these and exactly what the Chancellor said, see The next step . Business rates. The only firm business-related measure concerned business rates revaluations. The...
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  • Tips & Advice You & Your Business - Government backs down over staircase tax
    Government backs down over staircase tax..Budget change. One of the more welcome announcements in last year’s Autumn Budget was the government’s change of heart over the so-called business rates “staircase tax”. Since April 2017 extra rates were payable if your business occupies separate areas of a building which are connected by a staircase or corridor accessible to other occupants. Retrospective. As we predicted, the staircase tax has been revoked retrospectively ( yr.18, iss.22, pg.8 , see The next...
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  • 600+ Business Solutions - Efficient buildings: good news for tenants
    The rules that govern the energy efficiency of buildings are changing in April 2018. What are the key changes to be aware of and how could your business be affected if it’s a tenant or a landlord?
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  • Tips & Advice You & Your Business - Will the “staircase tax” survive?
    Will the “staircase tax” survive?..Business rates. The 2017 business rates revaluation has proved to be especially bad news for some businesses which occupy more than one part of a building. Previously all floors were treated as a single premises, but following a Supreme Court ruling in Woolway v Mazars 2015 the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) used the 2017 revaluation exercise to treat each floor as a separate business premises, resulting in a massive hike in rates. Staircase tax. The extra rates, dubbed...
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