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Oct 22,2020
NHSPS put itself back in the spotlight recently, by announcing its intention to increase service charges and facilities charges for GP practices who request changes associated with Covid-19.  This will undoubtedly add fuel to the many ongoing disputes over demands for increased service charges. The vast majority of our GP clients who occupy NHSPS owned and managed buildings have been living with a stalemate for the last couple of years, which is causing a variety of problems as time marches on...
Sep 21,2020
Continuing our series of blogs on property issues upon retirement, this blog is for you if you intend to retain your share in the premises after retirement, whilst other part-owners of the surgery continue in the practice. This is a scenario that we are seeing more frequently, as fewer incoming partners are willing and/or able to buy-in to the premises. Whether it is your preference to retain your share in the premises or whether it is something you have agreed to do for a period after...
Aug 26,2020
If you are a property owning partner who plans to retire and keep your premises as an investment, allowing the practice to continue to run from them, then this blog is for you. We will be looking at some other variations of premises ownership and retirement, in future blogs.  There are many things to consider when you retire, not least being what will happen to what is probably your biggest investment – the surgery building. Here are some of the main considerations:  1. Whilst you have been...
Aug 11,2020
If you own your surgery premises, you ought to be aware of the recently announced changes to the  Planning Regulations. The new planning regulations come into force on 1 September 2020 and are intended to reduce red tape and speed up development.   One change is that  GP Surgeries which currently operate under Use Class D1 will be  re-designated as new Use Class E(e)… but what does  that actually mean for you?  The most significant change lies in all the other uses which now form part of Use...
Nov 15,2018
Leasehold Dilapidations – how to prepare and protect yourself Many GPs are apprehensive about becoming a named tenant on a leasehold surgery. There are of course a number of liabilities that could be imposed on a tenant under a lease, and you may have read our previous blogs on the subject of last man standing and the importance of agreeing a break-clause. Another issue to consider is the obligation to maintain and repair the premises both during and at the end of the lease term. Almost all...
Sep 18,2018
The surgery premises are generally the biggest asset and the largest liability within a GP partnership. Suitable premises are a critical part of delivering high quality care, but they are widely considered to be in crisis. There has been a longstanding lack of government capital funding, and GPs are increasingly unwilling to shoulder the burden of long term leases or to invest in developing their own freehold surgeries. This is a key driver of the ‘last man standing’ problem. Recognising the...
Aug 10,2018
In normal times, GP surgeries happily practice out of their premises with no major issues. But what happens if a disaster strikes – maybe in the form of flood, fire or storm damage to your premises? This blog aims to highlight some important matters you should consider to make sure you protect your business from unexpected interruptions. Understand the risks… It is important to ensure that you have adequate insurance and contingency planning in place to deal with the unexpected. If, for example...
Jul 26,2018
You will need to claim capital allowances if you are to enjoy the benefit of them. It is our experience that not all GP practices promptly claim their full value. This can be a deliberate policy or simply an oversight. Left unclaimed, most capital allowances simply carry forward into subsequent years. Some of the largest (and most commonly unclaimed) capital allowances are associated with premises improvements. In the event a property owning partner is bought out, the unclaimed capital...
Jun 26,2018
Thinking of ‘shutting up shop’? What are your options regarding your leased premises? Having the security a lease offers you is important when you are operating your business, but what happens if you no longer wish to practice from that location? There are a number of ways a lease can be brought to an end, but whether they are available to you will depend on how your lease is drafted. In this blog, we discuss some of the more common options that might be available to you. 1. Expiry of the Term...
Mar 29,2018
Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) was introduced in December 2003. It is a tax payable on a variety of property transactions, including purchases and transfers of freehold and leasehold land and property. GP Practices sometimes believe they are exempt from SDLT because of the ‘partnership exemption’. Whilst this may be the case for some transactions, the truth is unfortunately much more complicated. What types of transaction are liable for SDLT? SDLT is payable on UK land transactions that have a...

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