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On the implications of the Law Commission’s leasehold reform proposals

This month, the Law Commission published its long-awaited proposals for leasehold reform, making a number of recommendations which could have major ramifications for the London property market. Sarah Taylor explains why there is a problem, what is being proposed and whether the recommendations are sensible or not…

All is calm, all is bright: Post-election thoughts

There is no denying the instant relief felt by stakeholders in the prime London property market following the general election result, write Sophie & Richard Rogerson, but there are real concerns this may further exacerbate the gap between vendor and buyer expectations…

Is the time finally right for the commonhold revolution?

According to the the Law Commission, commonhold offers a once in a generation opportunity to rethink how property is owned in England and Wales and should be reinvigorated. Enfranchisement specialist Sarah Osborne offers a brief guide to the system, and explains why the promise of ‘property utopia’ has so far failed to gain much traction…

Is the market ready for price growth?

With the Conservatives now given a mandate to take Brexit forward and promptly as promised, Cluttons’ James Hyman and team give their view on the likely consequences for the residential markets across London…

Refurbishing old buildings reduces emissions – but outdated tax rates make it expensive

Existing buildings already embody significant CO₂ emissions, which makes it all the more important to upgrade and refurbish – rather than demolish and rebuild – wherever possible. But as it stands, the UK’s tax system actually puts a significant financial penalty on refurbishment, while incentivising new construction. It’s time for that to change, says Walter Menteth