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Insights: Investors

The coronavirus and commercial property owners and tenants

Although the Government asked leisure and hospitality venues to close "as soon as they reasonably can" over the weekend pubs, restaurants and shops will still be hoping that emergency measures unveiled by the Chancellor, including a business rates holiday, will be enough to give the sector a lifeline through the coronavirus crisis.

Tightening the knot(weed)

Owners of land affected by Japanese knotweed will already be well aware of the problems associated with its presence and the damage it can cause to property. However, a recent Court of Appeal decision in a claim brought by two homeowners against Network Rail is a stark warning to any land owner that they could face private nuisance claims if they do not take proper steps to prevent the encroachment of the knotweed on to adjoining or neighbouring land.