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Landlords’ industry body urges the Government to introduce tax relief on empty homes

Landlords’ industry body urges the Government to introduce tax relief on empty homes

The National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) is urging the Government to instruct local authorities to introduce a relief on council tax in rental properties that are empty because of the coronavirus outbreak.

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April 27, 2020
Posted in Blog, covid-19, Property

Reducing conflict for child arrangements during the lockdown

Reducing conflict for child arrangements during the lockdown

There are unprecedented pressures on family law professionals, parents, and the Family Court.  Rather than throwing up our hands in horror, family lawyers have opportunities now to reduce conflict when negotiating child arrangements for separated families. The CoVid19 Outbreak has created a significant increase in confusion and distress for parents. Family lawyers have received multiple…

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April 24, 2020
Posted in Blog, covid-19, Family Law

Forfeiture of lease – Protection for tenants (COVID-19)

Forfeiture of lease – Protection for tenants (COVID-19)

In order to protect tenants the UK Government changed a well-known Landlord and Tenant law. The easiest way for a landlord to get rent out of their tenant who hasn’t paid is to “change the locks at the property”.  This is officially known as forfeiture for non-payment of rent. This is a pure real estate…

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April 23, 2020
Posted in Blog, covid-19, Property

Stay at Home housekeeping sees increasing numbers of people looking to make a Will

Stay at Home housekeeping sees increasing numbers of people looking to make a Will

Law firms across the UK have been reporting an increasing number of people enquiring about making a Will since the UK’s Stay at Home measures were announced last month, limiting the circumstances in which any of us can leave our homes. Coupled with the requirement for a Will to be witnessed in person by someone…

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April 22, 2020
Posted in Blog, covid-19

Coronavirus likely to lead to a need to review spousal maintenance orders

Coronavirus likely to lead to a need to review spousal maintenance orders

Thousands of people in the UK are facing the prospect of a reduced income as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and this is likely to result in many being left unable to meet their regular spousal maintenance payments. These payments mustn’t be stopped, as it will be seen as a breach of the original…

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April 22, 2020
Posted in Blog, covid-19

Applying for finance? – Check the loan agreement beforehand

Applying for finance? – Check the loan agreement beforehand

Thousands of businesses are likely to apply for finance as they attempt to deal with cash flow issues related to the coronavirus pandemic, including via the Government-backed Coronavirus Business Loan Scheme (CBILS), Large Business Loan Scheme (CLBILS) and COVID-19 Corporate Financing Facility (CFF). These loans, although backed by the Government, are not without risk and…

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April 22, 2020
Posted in Blog, covid-19

What if I need to make employees redundant?

What if I need to make employees redundant?

Unfortunately, some businesses may be unable to furlough certain employees or they may feel that they are unable to retain a position after the furlough period ends and the organisation is therefore required to make a person redundant. Many businesses are now considering whether they need to start the redundancy process when the Coronavirus Job…

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April 21, 2020
Posted in Blog, covid-19

Statutory Residence Test changed to allow skilled workers from around the world to assist the UK’s coronavirus response

Statutory Residence Test changed to allow skilled workers from around the world to assist the UK’s coronavirus response

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has written to the Treasury Select Committee, to inform it that the Statutory Residence Test (SRT) is being relaxed temporarily so ‘highly skilled’ individuals from around the world can join the UK’s coronavirus response without jeopardising their tax status. The measures apply to workers such as anaesthetists and engineers working on…

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April 20, 2020
Posted in Blog, covid-19, Latest News

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme extended to end of June

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme extended to end of June

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has announced a further extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), which will see employers able to furlough employees for an additional month. The CJRS allows employers to retain employees on the PAYE Payroll who are not carrying out work for them by placing them on furlough and to claim…

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April 20, 2020
Posted in Blog, covid-19, Latest News

Could the Government introduce a Stamp Duty holiday?

Could the Government introduce a Stamp Duty holiday?

Following a series of decisions made to help alleviate the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, there is now the potential for a stamp duty land tax (SDLT) holiday in a bid to boost the property market.

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April 20, 2020
Posted in Blog, covid-19, Property