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Jamie McNeil is a chartered surveyor specialising in UK commercial property.

Service Charge Disputes – can you afford to ignore them?

Service charge disputes – can you afford to ignore them? An unresolved dispute, no matter how minor, has the potential to seriously affect the operation and reputation of a Landlord. It may delay or affect the ability to sell the property, as it cannot be truly “ready for sale” if service charge disputes exist, or historic [...]

Commercial Service Charges – Mistakes – London Restaurants

Commercial Service Charges - London Restaurants. This firm gets a lot of business in London from cafe and restaurant clients occupying multi tenanted buildings that feel that there are being overcharged on their retail shop for commercial service charges. Frequently they are correct..but why? The most common mistake in my experience is that Landlords haven't split [...]

By | March 11th, 2018|business lease, Disputes, Service Charges|0 Comments

Commercial Property For Rent 10 points to remember

Are you looking for commercial property for rent? Here are 10 points to remember when considering a commercial property for rent. Leasing agents act for Landlords. Find out all costs before making an offer. Initial costs, running costs and exit costs. Try and mitigate all costs in lease negotiations. Research the local market. Have more than one viable [...]

By | March 10th, 2018|Uncategorised|2 Comments

Service Charge Code – How to check the percentage

 Service Charge Code - How to check the percentage Service Charges in Commercial Property, 3rd edition Feb 4, 2014 ... The first two editions of this RICS Code of Practice set a marker for the standards of management required in commercial property. Endorsed by ... 10 things a business occupier can do to check whether their [...]

By | March 6th, 2018|Service Charges|0 Comments

Commercial Property Service Charges – New MScorecard

Commercial Property Service Charges - MScorecard We have developed the "MScorecard"  for ranking and scoring commercial property service charges operated at major shopping centres across the UK. The idea came about when working on a portfolio of stores for one of my retail clients. It ranks centres with each applicable property getting a score out of [...]

Contracted out Lease

Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 - Contracted out Lease The video above explains the importance of dealing with an impending lease expiry early especially when dealing with a contracted out lease. I encourage all occupiers of commercial property to look at their leases and establish whether they are contracted out or contracted into the the [...]

By | February 24th, 2018|business lease|0 Comments

Service Charge Code – 4th edition – RICS

Service Charge Code, 4th edition - RICS The consultation period for making comments on the Service Charge Code 4th Edition has passed. The working  group made up of representatives from all the leading industry bodies has met to consider all the responses received by the RICS and agree the changes that need to be made with [...]

Start up Business – Office Lease

Start up business taking an office lease. This firm recently advised a small start up business, a tech company, located in cool tenant friendly incubator serviced offices. We were instructed following advice of their law firm who suggested we assist them as they were thinking about moving out of their serviced offices and taking a new lease [...]

New 4th Edition – RICS Code – Service Charges in Commercial Property

 Service Charges in Commercial Property - 2018 The current document which has the status of a Guidance Note was released by the RICS on the 4th February 2014. A new updated version is, I am reliably informed, in the pipeline. This firm looks forward to seeing the consultation document for the  Service Charges in Commercial [...]

By | December 19th, 2017|business lease, Service Charges|0 Comments

High value office deals

High Value Office deals McNeil Commercial have successfully represented a large number of occupiers in high value office deals over the last few years. Why do law firms, professional firms and technology companies use us to represent them? Here are the top 5 reasons our research has found. High powered businesses take professional commercial property advice. Time [...]

By | December 11th, 2017|Acquisitions, business lease, Governments, International|0 Comments

Can’t find a Bristol office due to lack of availability?

What does lack of office availability mean for a businesses trying to find a Bristol Office? You may have seen reports from the large national corporate property consultancy firms saying office availability in Bristol is running out or in short supply as we enter the 3rd quarter of 2017. This firm is currently acting for [...]

By | October 23rd, 2017|Acquisitions, bristol, business lease|0 Comments

Commercial Service Charge Accounts – Business Tenants – Should you pay?

Business tenants and commercial service charge accounts The most frequent question I am asked by new clients when I first take on a service charge instruction is “Should I pay this invoice or withhold payment of it?” Business tenants are often faced with this dilemma for the first time when the commercial service charge on [...]

By | September 21st, 2017|business lease, Disputes, Financial, Service Charges|0 Comments

Commercial Property Consultants – Property search and lease negotiation

Should you use a firm of commercial property consultants to help you in your property search and lease negotiation? Imagine as a director of a company (finance director, managing director or other)  you have been tasked with searching for and negotiating terms on a new office. You have to find the right office negotiate a commercial deal [...]

By | September 20th, 2017|Acquisitions|0 Comments

Property Management – Ready to Let?

Property Management Basics: Commercial Property Management - Is your space ready to let? To have the best chance of leasing your clients vacant commercial property it is important to get the basics right. At a minimum prospective tenants require the following : Copy of the EPC, periodic electrical test reports, asbestos report/management plan, legionella/water testing. [...]

By | June 29th, 2017|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Alternative Dispute Resolution – Mediation of property dispute

Alternative Dispute Resolution - Mediation Mediation is  a voluntary, non-binding  private method of dispute resolution. It is a process where a neutral person helps the parties reach a negotiated settlement. Alternative dispute resolution mediation service - Property dispute Civil Procedure Rules place a duty on the court, party representatives and the parties themselves to [...]

By | June 28th, 2017|Uncategorised|2 Comments

Property Arbitration – Can it resolve my dispute?

What is Property Arbitration? Property Arbitration is a non-judicial process for resolving property disputes. The arbitrator is an independent third party often chosen for their expertise. The arbitrators role is similar to that of a judge. The arbitrator makes a makes a decision that is final and legally binding. Arbitration is favoured by many because it [...]

By | June 27th, 2017|Disputes, Service Charges|0 Comments

10 common mistakes when negotiating a business lease

Here are 10 common mistakes to avoid when negotiating a business lease. Talking about the rent and lease length before dealing with all of the points below. Not inspecting the premises before talking about terms. Not fully considering all initial leasehold acquisition costs. Not considering all occupancy/ running costs and mitigating those in lease negotiations. Not [...]

By | June 22nd, 2017|Acquisitions, business lease|0 Comments

Commercial property – How to search.

Looking for a commercial property and don't know where to start? Search the internet for property listings in your desired location. Search www.ricsfirms.com to find local agents in your target area. Speak to and email local agents about your requirement. Keep in touch with (but don't hassle) landlords agents. Make yourself credible to landlords by being prepared [...]

By | January 26th, 2017|Acquisitions|0 Comments