Property @ction Review

    August 2009

    Property @ction Review

    We are delighted to introduce you to this new quarterly review prepared by the Hammonds' property litigation team, known as Property @ction. This review focuses on recent developments and topical areas relevant to landlords, tenants, surveyors and others involved in property.

    In this edition we look at:

    (i) Whether the costs of entertainment and promotional activities can be passed back to the tenant, through service charge provisions in leases

    (ii) Best endeavours and reasonable endeavours; what the obligations really mean

    (iii) Whether a landlord can carry out intrusive inspections and investigations to establish the extent of any disrepair

    (iv) The need for caution to avoid an inadvertent surrender of a lease

    (v) The Mercury Tax case and the lessons to be learnt regarding the execution of documents

    (vi) Without Prejudice and the impact of such a label on rent review notices

    In May 2008, international law firm Hammonds became a limited liability partnership. Hammonds LLP and its affiliated undertakings has offices in Birmingham, Leeds, London and Manchester in the UK, and in Berlin, Brussels, Beijing, Hong Kong, Madrid, Munich and Paris.