Property transactions

Property transactions guidance:

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Brexit impact This content is likely to be impacted by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. For information on how leaving the EU will affect environmental law, see Practice...

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Commercial Property Standard Enquiries (CPSEs) are industry standard pre-contract enquiries used in commercial property transactions. CPSEs are endorsed by the British...

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The sale contract is usually drafted by the seller’s solicitors and may have been provided as early as the heads of terms stage. The seller and buyer’s...

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In the due diligence stage, unless the seller is providing a certificate of title, the buyer will undertake pre-contract searches and enquiries and assess the need for...

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Pre-contract searches Pre-contract searches are usually carried out by the buyer’s solicitor but may be carried out by the seller’s solicitors if they are to give a...

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Commercial Property Standard Enquiries (CPSE) The Commercial Property Standard Enquiries (CPSE) have become the industry-standard pre-contract enquiries...

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When is environmental insurance appropriate? Environmental insurance may need to be considered in the following situations: • an environmental report...

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Environmental rectification work post completion If an environmental report, asbestos survey or disclosures by the seller highlighted non-compliance or capital...

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The majority of the completion and post-completion tasks will be undertaken by the property lawyers: • filing the Stamp Duty Land Tax...

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Heads of terms The transaction will begin with agreement of the main commercial terms including details of the parties, purchase price and any specific provisions...

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Buyer beware An innocent buyer can inherit significant environmental liabilities in relation to existing contamination and other environmental issues such as asbestos in...

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Environmental liability transfer acting for a seller If the property has known or suspected contamination issues or if the seller has caused pollution,...

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The Heat Network (Metering and Billing) Regulations 2014, SI 2014/3120 came into force on 18 December 2014 and transpose parts of the Energy Efficiency Directive...

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Due diligence in contaminated land transactions Lambson Fine Chemicals Ltd v Merlion Capital Housing Ltd [2008] All ER (D) 116 (Feb) highlights the importance of...

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Contaminated land 'Land contamination' is a general term used to describe any land that may be contaminated in some way. 'Contaminated land', is a specific legal term...

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Who may be liable? Anyone who is an 'appropriate person' may be liable for remediation of contaminated land under Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (EPA...

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Grant funding for contaminated land enforcement Local authorities have a statutory duty under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, Part IIA (EPA 1990) to identify...

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Legal requirements There is a legal presumption that any non-domestic buildings (and the common parts of domestic buildings) whose construction was completed before 2000...

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The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 (CAR 2012) place various duties on employers to protect employees from risks related to exposure to asbestos and make it clear...

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Penalties The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012, SI 2012/632 (‘CAR’) were made under Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, s 15 (‘HSWA 1974’). They are an example...

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Brexit impact This content is likely to be impacted by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. For information on how leaving the EU will affect environmental law, see Practice...

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An energy performance certificate (EPC) gives a property an energy efficiency rating from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient) and is based on a complex calculation,...

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This Practice Note looks at some of the key practical issues for commercial landlords and tenants when dealing with energy performance certificates (EPCs). It is part of...

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This Practice Note explains how energy performance in buildings is regulated through Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs), when EPCs are needed, requirements under the...

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What is an environmental report? Environmental reports are normally undertaken to assess the environmental risks and liabilities at a site. They may be commissioned for...

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