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We act for property developers and property owners. We practical legal and commercial advice on:
- Assignments of commercial leases
- Commercial property acquisitions and sales
- Environmental law (including issues relating to contaminated land)
- General property and planning law
- Commercial landlord / tenant disputes
- Rent review arbitrations and appeals
- Possession proceedings
We consider all aspects that affecting our clients commercially such as planning law, environmental law (including issues relating to contaminated land) as well as the general property law.
Commercial Property Development
In order to develop a site, the land will need to be acquired. It is important to the future use of the land that the property should be as free as possible from any problems that could impede any development. At Silver Shemmings, we understand the challenges faced and can provide a range of services to assist. We offer practical advice on ways to minimize the legal risks. Where problems arise we can also assist in addressing them and in resolving any disputes that might occur.
Acquisition or Disposal of Property
With a detailed understanding of Property Law, we provide tailored agreements for all acquisitions and disposals, including:
- Contracts of sale
- Conditional Contracts
Landlord & Tenant Law and Commercial Leases
At Silver Shemmings, we have a thorough knowledge and understanding of Landlord and Tenant Law. We can advise clients on their rights and liabilities under the Lease. There are many matters to be contemplated in a Landlord and Tenant relationship, these must be carefully considered when agreeing the terms of a lease. We also advise on the following:
- Agreements for Lease
- Agreeing the Terms of the Lease
- Leases of part of a building
- Security of tenure and renewal of a lease
- Selling a lease, including licences and authorised guarantee agreements
- Terminating a lease
S106 Agreements and Community Infrastructure Levy
The grant of planning permission is often subject to the agreement of a planning obligation or s106 agreement. This is an agreement with the Landowner and is a way of delivering or addressing matters that are necessary to make a development acceptable in planning terms. These are increasingly used to support the provision of services and infrastructure such as highways, recreational facilities, education, health and affordable housing.
The Planning Act 2008, when fully implemented will introduce powers to enable local authorities to charge developers a Community Infrastructure Levy to fund improvements in local infrastructure for the benefit of the community at large and will sit alongside the s106 provisions.
We review and advise on the terms of draft s106 Agreements and Unilateral Agreements being negotiated with a local authority.
Town or Village Greens
Village greens are areas of land within defined settlements or geographical areas which local inhabitants can go onto for the exercise of lawful sports and pastimes.Typically, these might include organised or ad-hoc games, picnics, fetes and other similar activities.
With the introduction of the Commons Act 2006, it has become easier for people in a community to defeat a development by making an application to register an area as a village green. We can advise on how to deal with this during the purchase or sale of a property which may be affected.
Energy Performance Certificates (EPC)
Energy Performance Certificates are required for new buildings and when an existing building is sold or let. We advise on the need for an EPC for a particular transaction.
With the ever-increasing requirement for carbon reduction and awareness of environmental matters some the landlords and tenants will be looking to enter into leases with a regime that promotes a reduction in a building’s impact on the environment and carbon footprint. Our team can advise on provisions or requirements to include a lease to make it more “green”.