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Your responsibilities when you have people working in your home

Lots of us have people working in our home for various reasons. It might be domestic help; a self-employed contractor etc. What, if any, liability do you as a householder bear towards them. The answer is quite a lot says Katherine Flashman Kitson, Director & Head of Litigation at Parnalls Solicitors, Launceston. You are the owner/occupier

Is an electronic signature on a commercial property document acceptable?

As more aspects of business move online, there is a drive to do everything digitally.  The process of buying and selling property has always relied heavily on paper, but there has been huge change over the last decade and more can now be done online. Commercial property investors want to take advantage of this, but

Relief from forfeiture – what happens if the tenant forgets to pay the rent?

If a tenant is not paying rent or service charges, or has breached other terms of the lease, the landlord has a right to end the lease by forfeiture.  This is an important protection for a landlord of commercial property, but it can seem harsh for a tenant whose business is going through a difficult

Taking your first commercial lease

Some of the world’s most successful companies have started at home or in a garage, but at some point it makes sense to move to business premises.  Committing to your first commercial lease is an important step in the life of a young business and as it is a binding legal document, it is vital

Will the new charge on building developments in Cornwall affect you?

From January 2019, Cornwall Council is introducing an additional charge on building developments that could have serious financial implications for landowners and developers with plans to build developments. Known as the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), this new charge is based on the floor area of the building being created and, whilst in Cornwall the charge per

Selling your land through a conditional contract

If a developer wants to buy your land you will want them to sign on the dotted line as soon as possible. But what if planning permission is required before the development can go ahead or you need the agreement of your neighbour to release you from a restrictive covenant? A well-drafted conditional contract can

A landlord’s guide to tenant alterations

A landlord who lets property to a tenant will want to know that they will get the property back at the end of the lease in a fit state to quickly re-let. Controlling the tenant’s right to make alterations is a key aspect of this. As Louis Mathers, commercial property expert with Parnall’s Solicitors explains,

Short term lettings: avoiding the pitfalls

Empty property is bad news for landlords.  It costs money in maintenance and rates, as well as being a possible target for vandals and squatters.  To maximise income from property, landlords may wish to seize opportunities for short-term lettings to fill gaps between long-term arrangements.  But as Louis Mathers residential property lawyer with Parnalls in

Business rates: a financial ticking time bomb (Part 2)

In the last of two articles on the financial crisis facing the owners and occupiers of commercial property following the business rates revaluation earlier this year, Mark Parnall, director with Parnalls in Launceston, explained the process for appealing against your assessment.  In this article, he considers available rates exemptions and reliefs, options for reducing your

Business rates: a financial ticking time bomb (Part 1)

If you are one of a growing number of businesses facing financial crisis following the business rates revaluation earlier this year, options for reducing your outgoings to keep the business afloat are likely to be high on your list of priorities.  You may also have thought about whether you can challenge your assessment or take