CPI Update 191 - April 2020

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For subscribers, the April 2020 issue of the CPI Update appears attached below, and deals with the following cases:

  • A rights to light case (with an injunction) - Beaumont Business Centres Ltd v Florala Properties Ltd.
  • The extent of a building for enfranchisement purposes - L M Homes Ltd & Anor v Queen Court Freehold Company Ltd.
  • Reinstatement as the basis for an insurance claim - Endurance Corporate Capital Ltd v Sartex Quilts & Textiles Ltd.
  • What is residential property for SDLT - Myles-Till v Revenue & Customs Commissioners.
  • Modifying estate covenants - O'Callaghan v Middleton. Inconsistent easements - Poste Hotels Ltd v Cousins.
  • CIL and phased planning permissions - R (on the application of Oval Estates (St Peter’s) Ltd) v BANES Council.

There is also extensive commentary on the implications for property of the coronavirus crisis, including:

  • Business rents (protection from forfeiture; rent suspension; rent rescheduling).
  • Other lease points (frustrated leases; breach of covenant by tenants; altered services by landlords).
  • Business interruption policies.
  • Force majeure in contracts.
  • Sale and purchase (coronavirus restrictions; Law Society advice; Government advice).
  • Land Registry advice.
  • Execution, witnesses, and statutory declarations.

The Update also covers:

  • Electronic signatures: a Ministerial Statement.
  • SDLT surcharge for non-resident buyers’ surcharge.
  • Consultation on the use of the Retail Prices Index.
  • Annual chargeable amounts for ATED.
  • Capital Gains Tax - changes to private residence relief.
  • Land Registry - consent restrictions.

Published on 29 March 2020.