Real Estate News Roundup - December 2020

Posted Tuesday 22nd December 2020

10 projects to keep an eye on during 2021

Construction projects have inevitably experienced delays throughout 2020 but there are some major developments due to kick on next year. Take a look at the 10 projects worth keeping your eye on throughout 2021.

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Retailers provided a ‘final extension’ to eviction ban

The government announced an extension to the eviction ban on retailers and other businesses hit by the coronavirus. The extension will finish at the end of March 2021 and has been announced as the ‘final extension’ to the ban.

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Which areas of the property market are set to boom in 2021?

This year has been difficult for investors and landlords but some have been hit worse than others. It’s no secret that retail and leisure have suffered the highest shortfalls in rent while logistics landlords have benefitted from the rise in ecommerce.

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Retail to resi – 39% of applications are rejected

According to research, 2020 has seen a higher number of retail – resi conversion applications turned down. The difficulties facing the high-street has resulted in more applications for converting the use of buildings that no longer serve their intended purpose. Interestingly, the percentage of these applications being rejected has increased.

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West End landlord reveals £700m loss

Shaftesbury, the real estate investment trust, has reported a loss of £699.5m. The value of the retail and hospitality properties owned by the trust dropped significantly this year due to the pandemic.

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Good news: commercial property investment could reach £60bn in 2021

According to Colliers, the UK property market will benefit from a rapid recovery in investor confidence next year. As investors look for ‘long term, defensive assets’ Colliers expect the sector to bounce back and reach £60bn.

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