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30 November 2016

Real Estate and Construction Newsletter - November 2016

Welcome to the November edition of our newsletter.

This month Claire Fallows reviews the new draft guidance on increasing affordable homes in London. Our construction team review the new JCT Design and Build Contracts and the updates which you should be aware of. We look at the planning position on proposals to amalgamate dwellings and provide a quick guide to addressing ransom strips between your site and the public highway. And finally, our property litigation team reminds developers to be aware of tenants' right to first refusal on disposal of certain interests.

Homes for Londoners: New draft guidance on increasing affordable homes in London

Building towards his aim for half of all new homes to be affordable, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan has issued draft supplementary guidance on affordable housing. Claire Fallows reviews the proposed changes.

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The new JCT Design and Build Contract 2016

An update to one of the most popular standard forms of construction contract, the JCT Design and Build Contract 2016 Edition is now available. However, are you aware of the main changes from the 2011 edition of the contract, including amendments to the insurance options, payment provisions, and performance security?

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Landlord and Tenant Act 1987: developers should be aware of when tenants' right to first reusal can affect their disposals

Residentials tenants have a statutory right of first refusal where their landlord wants to make certain disposals affecting all or part of their building.

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Ruling clarifies position on the amalgamation of units

Whether or not planning permission is needed or should be granted for the amalgamation of two or more housing units remains the subject of heated debate in some parts of the country. We discuss the impact of a recent High Court ruling.

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Highway ransom strips - don't get caught out

A brief guide to ransom strips between the public highway and your site - how to check whether they exist and how to resolve any issues that arise.

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