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16 Feb 2021 Retail planning applications plummet 22% in a year

Planning applications for new shops have fallen by 22% across England* from 3,908 to 3,037, partly due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, says Boodle Hatfield, the leading private wealth law firm.

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21 Dec 2020 Increasing number of applications to convert unused retail space into homes are being rejected

The number of rejected planning applications to convert retail property into residential space increased by 35% last year, says Boodle Hatfield, the leading private wealth law firm.

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12 Oct 2020 42 football pitches worth of retail space lost in the past year but is evictions ban masking true impact of Covid?

303,000m² of retail space has been lost in England and Wales in past year…

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17 Sep 2020 UK listed property companies collected 67% of the £1.1 billion they were due in rent

UK listed property companies collected 67% or approximately £730m of the £1.1bn in rent they were due…

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17 Aug 2020 Retail to residential conversions set to rise

The number of retail properties approved for conversion to residential housing increased just 2.8% to 404 last year, up from 393 the previous year.

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11 Aug 2020 A new planning use class

Regulations published in July 2020 include provisions that will give greater flexibility to property owners and occupiers to change the use of a property.

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10 Jul 2020 Will coronavirus mark a shift towards turnover rents?

Traditionally commercial tenants pay an agreed amount to their landlords by way of rent.

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15 May 2020 What about insurance, cancellations and directors’ liability?

Have you thought about whether you are still complying with the terms of your insurance policy?

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15 May 2020 If you have a leasehold interest in your hotel (rather than a freehold interest), are you complying with the terms of your lease?

Perhaps your biggest concern is whether you can continue to pay your rent.

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24 Mar 2020 Suspending commercial property evictions welcomed – but agreement needed on interest rate levied on late rent payments

The temporary ban on commercial property evictions is generally being seen as a sensible and pragmatic move.

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