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From 1 December 2017 the Court that deals with the unopposed business lease renewals in Central London, the Central London County Court will be transferring these cases to be dealt with by the First-Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) (FTT) under a one year pilot.

At the same time the FTT has produced a new proposed directions timetable which is considerably shorter than the timetable that usually applies in the unopposed renewals dealt with by the Court.

Although on the face of it this seems to be a very sensible and pragmatic way to deal with unopposed renewals promptly, it may be that more cases end up going to the final hearing as a result.

It will be interesting to see if this has the effect of encouraging landlords and tenants to address the negotiations more promptly, which in an uncertain market is perhaps not a bad thing.

For further information regarding this topic or any other property litigation matter, please contact Joanna Osborne – Head of Property Litigation, or any member of the Edwin Coe Property Litigation team.

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