Commercial Property e-news

Boost for Blackpool businesses

Napthens - August 18th 2017
One of the biggest distinguishing factors for Blackpool and the Fylde Coast is the close partnership existing between local authorities and the private sector. This could not be more evident than with the founding of the Blackpool Fylde and Wyre Economic Development Company, which brings together the three local authorities (Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre) to develop a diverse economy across the Fylde Coast. They address key areas in a congenial manner, such as, planning, infrastructure and accommodation needs.
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Appointment of a professional team

Napthens - August 18th 2017
In her third installment of articles reviewing the common construction documents underpinning a commercial development, Leigh Child, Senior Associate in the Construction team at Napthens, addresses the appointment of the professional team, their respective roles, and the form of appointment.
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Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 – opposing a new tenancy on the redevelopment ground

Napthens - August 18th 2017
The recent case of S Franses Ltd vs. The Cavendish Hotel (London) Ltd concerned a landlord opposing the renewal of a business tenancy by stating that he was going to demolish or reconstruct the premises and could not do so without possession of the property (ground (f) of Section 30 (1) of the 1954 Act). The property was located on Jermyn Street, London where the tenant leased the ground floor and basement, whilst the landlord operated the Cavendish Hotel from the remainder of the property.
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Premises licence review before purchase

Napthens - June 19th 2017
Often when purchasing hotels or public houses, the premises licence is the last document to be reviewed. This can be dangerous and may cause major issues once trading commences. Prior to purchasing/leasing a licensed premises, the premises licence should be assessed and any due diligence carried out promptly. It is key to ensure, firstly, that the premises licence is still active and has not lapsed for whatever reason.
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Energy Performances Certificates in 2018

Napthens - June 19th 2017
An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is usually required when a property is built, sold or rented. The EPC provides a prospective buyer or tenant with information about a property’s energy use and typical energy costs. An EPC generally also contains recommendations about how a property’s energy performance can be improved thereby saving the occupant money. The current energy performance scale runs from A to G, A being the most energy efficient and G being the worst.
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Squatters occupying commercial premises

Napthens - June 19th 2017
The national press has recently covered a story whereby a group of travellers broke into the car park of a well known Lancashire Business and occupied the premises by preventing access to the site by putting their own locks on the factory gates. According to the Daily Mail, it is alleged that the travellers demanded a ransom to be paid by 10:00 p.m. that evening or they would burn the factory down.
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