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Real Insights - Property Update
Issue 18

Transparency update: overseas companies owning UK property

On 5 April 2017, the UK government issued a "call for evidence" - essentially a short updated consultation - on its proposed register of overseas companies owning UK property.

Japanese knotweed: a deep rooted problem

Japanese knotweed is a large perennial plant native to East Asia in Japan, China and Korea. It has hollow stems that give it the appearance of bamboo. In some parts of Japan it has been cultivated for food (it has a flavour similar to extremely sour rhubarb) and it is used in traditional Chinese medicine.

Assured tenancy traps – the unexpected AST

Most people think of an Assured Shorthold Tenancy (AST) as a short-term let. It may come as a surprise, therefore, that long leases of say 125 years can also sometimes be ASTs. For a leaseholder, this won't always be good news.

A fashion Disaster for landlords

A case involving Vivienne Westwood has raised issues relating to side letters and penalties.