GN27-14 Spencer v Taylor – Good News for Residential Landlords

The Court of Appeal decision in Spencer v Taylor (2013) EWCA Civ 1600 has clarified the type of notice a landlord must serve under section 21 of the Housing Act 1988 (the "Act") once a fixed term Assured Shorthold Tenancy (AST) has expired and the tenant remains in occupation as a statutory periodic tenant. The result is a welcome piece of good news for landlords and their advisers.

Administration of business rates in England

This discussion paper on Business Rates looks at how property was valued, how often are reviewed, how the bills are set, how the rate is collected and availability of information and suggests options for reform.  It is clear that government want to reduce the financial burden on them in undertaking the reviews.  However individual valuations are important because of the wide variation in rural property, location and business type.  We also expect the Valuation Office Agency to be open and to act fairly.

Review of the National Heritage Protection Plan

The first (2010-15) National Heritage Protection Plan (NHPP) was an English Heritage Plan much criticised by the CLA and others for focusing almost entirely on research and on new heritage designation, and largely ignoring the other 90 per cent of heritage protection, especially the great and growing problems in the heritage consent system, which greatly threaten heritage (and cause major problems for CLA members).  This review is at least beginning to ask the key questions.  The CLA response stresses the importance of broadening the scope of the NHPP to identify all the real threats, and of devising and implementing effective solutions.  It also stresses the importance of English Heritage/Historic England becoming willing to work closely with its key stakeholders to achieve this.

The CLA heritage adviser sits on the NHPP's external Advisory Board

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