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Latest articles from John Meehan

  • Coronavirus: ensure unoccupied commercial property remains insured

    Coronavirus: ensure unoccupied commercial property remains insured

    Generally speaking, many UK insurers define a commercial property as being "unoccupied" if it is empty or not being fully utilised for business purposes for a continuous period of 30 days. Some insurers have extended the period to 60 days due to the current lockdown, but owners of such properties should carefully check their policies and contact their providers to be sure that they remain covered.

  • Site acquisitions for developments  – how to ‘Speed the Legals’

    Site acquisitions for developments – how to ‘Speed the Legals’

    So you've struck a deal to buy a site and pass onto your lawyers the terms of the deal with the expectation that a signed contract is just round the corner to cement your preferred bidder status. Then the lawyers burst your bubble with a series of questions: "what do you mean by that ...?" For deal-doing developers, these questions, however irritating, are a necessary ingredient for a binding contract.

  • How to Appeal your New Rateable Value

    How to Appeal your New Rateable Value

    With the 2017 revaluation of business rates just around the corner, all owners and tenants of non-domestic property need to be aware of how the impending revaluation affects them. Initial analysis of the industry shows that values have fluctuated significantly across the country and through different property sectors. Here we look at the process of the revaluation and ways to appeal against the decision by the Valuation Roll Assessors.