Real Estate / TAG Property (J)

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Klose, Dr. Christoph
RWP Rechtsanwälte

Real Estate / TAG Property (J)

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Property guardianship schemes have become a popular way for landlords to protect their empty properties from squatters and vandalism. For the property guardians, the schemes typically offer plentiful living space at low cost in otherwise expensive cities. The price the guardians pay for this is that they are granted short term licences only, and have few rights compared to assured shorthold tenants. In particular, they can usually be moved on at very short notice, unlike assured shorthold tenants where landlords are obliged to give tenants at least two months’ notice and obtain a possession order, if the tenants do not leave voluntarily.

Read more: Property Guardians – Are They Assured Shorthold Tenants?

The importance of giving accurate and full information in replies to enquiries has been underline by a recent case in which a tenant successfully counterclaimed against its landlord for the cost of remedial works for asbestos removal and associated costs of temporary accommodation.

In the case, First Towers Trustees Ltd v CDS (Superstores International) Ltd (2017), the landlord (First Tower) had leased premises to the tenant (CDS). In replies to enquiries, the landlord had claimed that it had no knowledge of any environmental problems affecting the property. The landlord had, in fact, become aware of the presence of asbestos in the property prior to completion of the lease.

Read more: UK: Replies to Enquiries – Misrepresentation

Lease Surrender

On the surrender of a Lease, it is always necessary to consider whether any VAT will be payable on any payment made by either the Landlord or the Tenant.

There may be some value in the lease, in which case the Landlord may pay the Tenant a premium on the surrender.  On the other hand, the Landlord may have no particular wish to take back the Lease and in such a case the Tenant may pay the Landlord to accept the surrender, either because it no longer has any use for the premises or because the premises are overrented.  Where the Tenant pays the Landlord, this payment is regarded as a reverse premium.

Read more: Is VAT Payable on the Surrender of a Lease or the Exercise of a Break Clause in the UK?

Industrial Sector Poised to Deliver the Highest Returns as E-Commerce Continues to Grow

Despite the initial uncertainty following the Presidential election, South Florida real estate professionals have an optimistic outlook on the commercial real estate market in 2017, according to a new survey released today by Berger Singerman, Florida’s business law firm. Results from the third annual survey show that the majority of local real estate professionals expect 2017 will be better than 2016 for the South Florida commercial real estate market.

Read more: Booming South Florida Real Estate Market Won't Stop in 2017 According to Berger Singerman Survey

Contact: Budidjaja & Associates Lawyers

In the framework to provide legal certainty for foreign citizens residing in Indonesia with regard to property ownership, the Government of Indonesia recently issued Government Regulation No. 103 of 2015 dated 22 December 2015 on the Ownership of Houses or Residences by Foreigners domiciled in Indonesia (“2015 Regulation”) to replace the older regulation under Government Regulation No. 41 of 1996 dated 17 June 1996 (“1996 Regulation”).

Read more: The Ownership of Houses or Residences by Foreigners in Indonesia