Property Law & Compliance

Learn more about land and property law, contracts, leases, and regulatory compliance issues affecting property investment, property development, construction, and the ownership of real property assets.

The law involving the ownership of land and property, construction and environmental laws, building regulations, planning permissions, contracts and lease agreements and other regulatory compliance issues is extensive and often complex. It is essential however, that all prudent property investors, landlords and real estate developers have a good understanding of those aspects of the law and compliance issues that impact them, their investment projects, tenants and property assets.

Investment Property Partners have brought together a series of helpful guides, articles and other resources written specifically for property investors, property developers, landlords, and finance and investment professionals covering the legal issues associated with the ownership of real property assets, leases, property law, planning law, regulatory compliance issues and more.

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Tenancy agreements - Beginners guide for landlords

Tenancy Agreements – Beginners Guide for Landlords & Property Investors

Tenancy agreements are an essential component in the life of any buy-to-let landlord or property investor… or at least they should be. If you are a landlord or you rent residential property to tenants then it’s important that you are familiar with the basics of tenancy agreements, how they operate and how they work to protect the rights of both landlords and tenants.

Investment Property Partners beginners guide for landlords and property investors covers the most of the basics of tenancy agreements, what information should be included in an agreement, tenant deposits, the rights of both landlords and tenants, and how to end a tenancy.

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Planning permission, property developers guide to planning applications

Planning Permission – Property Developers Guide to Planning Applications

If you are an experienced investor or property developer then you’ll be all too familiar with the processes involved in getting planning permission and the rules and regulations set-out in the Town and Country Planning Act 1990. Obtaining planning permission or planning consent as it is sometimes called is required if you want to build on land, make substantial changes to a properties structure, appearance or the use to which that property it is put.

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Party walls

Party Walls & The Party Wall Act 1996 – Guide for Property Owners

Many property owners, property developers and investors and have never heard of party walls or the Party Wall Act of 1996. However, if you fall in to this category and you decide to carry out works to a wall that you share with a neighbour it is more than likely that you’ll need to get up to speed with your rights and responsibilities… and quickly!

The fact is that if you share a wall with an adjacent property you have a legal responsibility that comes from the Party Wall etc Act 1996, particularly if you are planning to carry out certain building works, alterations or excavations to that shared party wall.

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Lease extensions and extending leaseholds

Lease Extensions – Extending Leaseholds for Tenants & Landlords

Lease extensions, specifically for residential property held on long leaseholds are becoming more popular for many people. There are many reasons why a tenant, property owner or investor would want to extend a residential lease. Some of the biggest reasons driving the popularity for extending leaseholds include increasing property values, improved security of tenure and increasing its attractiveness to future buyers.

Investment Property Partners property investors guide to lease extensions covers a number of important issues that you may wish to consider if you are considering extending a the lease on a residential property.

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Conveyancing solicitors and licensed conveyancers

Conveyancing Solicitors & Licensed Conveyancers – Guide to Buying & Selling Property

If you are an active property investor or developer then it is more than likely that you’ll be familiar with the process of conveyancing… and if you are not then you’ll need to get up to speed and quickly. In the UK conveyancing describes the legal process associated with the transfer of legal title of property from one person to another. To help you there are expert conveyancing solicitors and licensed conveyancers that offer specialist assistance to both property buyers and sellers to protect their interests throughout the property transfer process.

Conveyancing can be a complicated process but is essential and helps to protect both buyers and sellers ensuring that property transactions comply with all relevant legal and financial requirements.

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Renewing or ending a business lease

Renewing or Ending a Business Lease – Commercial Property Guide

If you are a business owner or property manager and rent commercial property for your business in the UK then you should understand how business leases operate, especially what is involved in renewing a business lease or if you no longer need the property, how to end a business lease.

Ending, or indeed renewing a business lease is usually pretty straight-forward, but only providing you understand the specific legal procedures involved and go about it in the correct way.

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Section 106 agreements and planning obligation for property developers

Section 106 Agreements & Planning Obligation – Guide for Property Developers

If you are an experienced property developer then you’ll be all too familiar with section 106 agreements, also known in property circles as planning obligation. If however, these are unfamiliar terms and you are currently considering commercial property development or redevelopment opportunities that fall under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 then you’ll need to get up-to speed… and quickly.

Section 106 agreements or planning obligations form a specific part of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 and although it isn’t the largest section of the Act, it does play an important role when it comes to planning law.

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Tenancy agreements, Assured Shorthold Tenancy, Regulated and Assured

Tenancy Agreements – Assured Shorthold Tenancy, Regulated & Assured Tenancies

If you are a buy to let landlord or you rent residential property to tenants in the UK then it is important that you are familiar with the different types of tenancy agreements that are commonly used in the private rental sector. You should learn how to recognise the main forms of tenancy agreement and know where to use them including Assured Shorthold Tenancy agreements (ASTs) Regulated Tenancies and the more basic Assured Tenancies.

Investment Property Partners landlords and property investors guide to tenancy agreements covers the most common forms of tenancy agreement used in the UK, where to use them, and the rights of both landlords and tenants given under the agreements.

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Building Regulations guide

Building Regulations Guide for Property Developers & Investors

In England and Wales the Building Regulations comprise a series of legal requirements that focus on promoting, protecting and enforcing adequate quality standards for the construction of domestic, commercial and industrial buildings.

The Building Regulations are backed by the UK Government and are supported by a series of comprehensive documents collectively known as the “Approved Documents”.

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Evicting problem tenants and possession notices

Evicting Problem Tenants – How to Serve a Possession Notice

As a sensible residential landlord and buy-to-let property owner you will always quite naturally be very careful about the tenants you rent your properties to. As a matter of course you will usually vet them thoroughly before reaching any agreement and carefully check-out their personal and financial background to make sure that they are of good character and financially sound… and in most cases they will be. However, when things go wrong and you are unfortunate enough to be landed with a problem tenant then you’ll need to understand what your rights are and what to do about it, and this might involve familiarity with various processes including how to serve a possession notice, how to go about evicting problem tenants and the recovery of rent arrears.

The vast majority of tenants are happy to abide by the terms or their lease, pay their rent on time, treat your property with respect and generally present you with very few problems.

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