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WYSIWYG – Commercial Property

Those who are used to using computers will have come across the acronym WYSIWYG (/WIZ-ee-wig) or ‘what you see is what you get.’ The image you have on the screen will, in theory, be what comes out of your printer; what you see is what you get. I’ve been recently reminded that, with the change […] Read more

Business Rates Change for the better?

The Chancellor may have introduced a number of headline grabbing changes in March’s budget to advance the credentials of being small business friendly. However, other fundamental changes  to the Business Rate appeal system have been published by Government and included in the Enterprise Bill. Whilst ratepayers are generally aware of the forthcoming national revaluation effective […] Read more

CURRENT ISSUES CONCERNING PRIMARY HEALTHCARE PROPERTY

Property in primary healthcare use is widely accepted as prime long term investments due to the payment of notional rent from NHS England in the case of doctor’s surgeries and good covenant strength and long term viability of dental practices, pharmacies etc.  This has been particularly true during the recent recession when the perceived covenant […] Read more

Hidden Risk

It may come as a surprise to both landlords and tenants that they have a liability for the management of risk of exposure to Legionella bacteria in water supplies within their premises, and it is an area of risk that is often overlooked. Under the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, any person in […] Read more

The Energy Act 2011

The Energy Act 2011 contains a clause with potentially severe repercussions for about 20% of all commercial property in the UK. Under the Act, it will become unlawful from April 2018 to let premises that fail to meet the minimum energy efficiency standards – an EPC rating of F or G, until certain energy efficiency […] Read more

Doctor’s Surgeries – A Healthy Future?

Historically investors have considered property within the primary health care sector as prime investments and doctor’s surgeries offered to the market on a 15 – 20 year sale and leaseback basis have achieved high values due to the NHS backed income. In many practices that income has been supplemented from the letting of space to […] Read more

RESIDENTIAL BUY TO LET

Residential investments can provide good returns and long term capital growth, compared to other types of investment. However, don’t expect to obtain a quick killing – property is a long term investment and values can decrease. Buying, selling and management costs are much higher than most financial investments. An owner should expect to spend time […] Read more

Plymouth College of Art returns home to Palace Court

Stratton Creber Commercial are pleased to have negotiated the sale of the historic Palace Court, on Buckwell Street, to Plymouth College of Art. The college will use the site to create a specialist Pre-Degree campus building in Plymouth’s city centre for creative Extended Diploma students, aged 16 and upwards. This marks a return to Palace […] Read more

Are You Ready for Winter?

Although most of us probably do not want to think about the fast approaching winter months at this point in the year, as a property investor or landlord it is important that preparations are in place for the bad weather and associated risks to property that can arise. In order to minimise falling foul of […] Read more