Obligations to repair defective work in new developments may be owed by tenants, contractors and sub-contractors. Clare Butler considers the nature of these obligations, the difficulties that can arise and the issues identified in the recent case of Office Depot v UBS  EWHC 1494 (TCC).
From 1 October 2018, changes are being made to mandatory licensing of HMOs in England. The Licensing of House in Multiple Occupation (England) Order 2018 (“the 2018 Order”) will replace the 2006 Order and alter the definition of an HMO under the Housing Act 2004.
Under the MEES Regulations, no commercial property which is required to have an Energy Performance Certificate (“EPC”) can be let for a term certain of more than 6 months, but less than 99 years, unless it’s minimum level of energy prescribed for the property (evidenced in the EPC) is Band E or above.
It is not just the main Carillion companies that may now find themselves in severe financial difficulties. Smaller subcontractors may find themselves having to consider their position with regard to the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) and the Pension Regulator.
Since covering the deficit that the Carillion schemes are facing — we take a quick trot through the pension ‘lifeboat’ scheme and what it might mean to the 28,000 members of the 13 Carillion schemes.
As the dust continues to be stirred up following the Carillion collapse, and with a £587m shortfall, now seems a good time to set out what we know so far in relation to the pensions aspects.