Who is liable for business rates after a lease has been disclaimed? Despite a valiant attempt by the landlord in Schroder Exempt Property Unit Trust & Anor v Birmingham City Council  EWHC 2207 (Admin) to persuade the court to the contrary view, the effect of a disclaimer of a lease by a liquidator is to end the lease, so that the landlord’s reversion is accelerated, the landlord becomes the person entitled to immediate possession, and is therefore the person liable for business rates.
From 30 June 2014, the Land Registry has stopped requiring original documents to be sent to it when applying by post to change the register of a registered property. The Land Registry only requires certified copies of deeds or documents to be sent in with Land Registry application forms. The Land Registry's prescribed forms have been altered so that margin notes now make this change of practice clear:
The June 2014 issue of the CPI Update is published today, dealing with cases including Marks And Spencer Plc v BNP Paribas Securities Services, Friends Life Management Services v A&A Express Building Ltd, Best v The Chief Land Registrar and many more.