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Moving home – Covid-19

People can now move home. The government has issued Government advice on home moving during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, providing updated guidance for those involved in the process.

Property market re-opens today – Covid-19

From today, property viewings and moves are allowed, subject to physical distancing being observed. At the time of writing the guidance is being updated. Newspapers report that Robert Jenrick, the communities secretary, said removal companies, conveyancers and estate agents could restart their businesses with immediate effect. He said the government estimated that more than 450,000 buyers and renters had been unable to progress their plans to move since March. Mr Jenrick also said: “Our clear plan will...
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Key Worker Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney Discount Scheme

Edward Harte Solicitors recognise the outstanding work being undertaken by our Keyworkers during the Coronavirus crisis. We would like to show our appreciation to those who are doing so much for us by offering a 10% discount on Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney for instructions received by 1st June 2020 from anyone recognised as a Keyworker by the UK Government. Keyworkers include those employed in the following sectors: Health and social care; Education and childcare; Key public services; Local and...
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Corona Virus Act 2020 – Effects on Commercial Landlords and Tenants

Section 82 of the Corona Virus Act 2020 has placed restrictions on forfeiture for non-payment of rent in England and Wales of commercial premises from 26March to 30 June 2020.  The Government also has the ability to extend that period if they consider it appropriate to do so. This means that Landlords cannot take steps to forfeit a ‘relevant business tenancy’ on the grounds of non-payment of rent and other sums falling due under the Lease.  In...
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Corona Virus Act 2020 – Residential Landlords and Tenants

The Corona Virus Act 2020 came into effect from the 26 March 2020 and deals with new possession cases and existing ones. Firstly, notice periods have been increased to a minimum of three months for notices seeking possession or notices to quit in respect of certain residential tenancies in the private and social sector.  This applies to any notices served from the 26 March until the 30 September 2020. Where there is a prescribed form of notice,...
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Covid-19 and construction contracts

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to spread around the globe many businesses are feeling the effects and consequences of the Government’s lockdown. Whilst many construction sites are still open there are various factors that will put increasing pressure on construction operations that need to be taken into account. Some of these factors include: – Management and labour self-isolating or quarantined and being unable to work; Minimising the risk to personnel continuing to work including PPE, social distancing...
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Covid 19 Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

If you are an employer and need to furlough employees we can help. COVID 19 Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) – The Scheme   On Friday 20 March 2020 the Government announced it would provide assistance, subject to eligibility, to employers of UK businesses, charities, public authorities and agency workers (those paid through PAYE) or on zero hours contracts and some fixed term contracts, by giving access to a grant designed to cover most of the wage...
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