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We recognise there is a fundamental need to secure your business critical assets, from vacant land, development sites and compounds, to plant, materials and fuel. As a leading provider of sustainable security, we are perfectly positioned to secure, monitor and protect your valuable assets.

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Keep up to date with the latest Clearway news and updates, and gain invaluable insights from our blog articles. This section is continually updated so please come back again for more resource.

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There’s a Brand-New, Ultra-Heavyweight Concrete Block – On the Block

Sometimes, more is more. Introducing our latest interlocking concrete block: It’s a super-substantial 4.7 metric tonnes. And it could, for example, be coming to a vacant commercial or building site near you. More to the point – your vacant site, land or property perimeter. There are concrete blocks, and then there are these concrete blocks – supplied by Clearway. Specifically,…

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A Stitch in Time: The Importance of Property Inspections 

Securing your vacant commercial property between tenancies is essential. However, that’s not the end of it. Ensuring “shut down” is just a part of the process; the first important thing you do, rather than a complete set of measures. In other words, not quite the whole nine yards. In Clearway’s opinion and experience, regular property inspections are an ideal…

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CCTV and GDPR / Data Privacy Regulations: Are You Compliant?

As experienced suppliers of a vast range of commercial and domestic CCTV installations, the Clearway team often deals with privacy queries. There are laws to be aware of whether you are: Installing a new CCTV surveillance system. Verifying whether an existing installation is compliant. Planning to add new cameras or reposition your current ones. To…

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What is Extreme Cleaning? And Why You May Need It One Day

Did you know that, as well as expertise in safeguarding vacant commercial properties, Clearway also offers high-standard extreme cleaning services? Extreme cleaning. Not for you, you may think; that’s firmly outside your radar. Hopefully, you won’t need us. But – one day, things could look quite different, and you may need to know who to…

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How Much Do Concrete Barriers Weigh?

Concrete barrier blocks are a versatile, straightforward physical safety and security measure available in various configurations. Our concrete barriers weigh anything from 1200kg to 4700kg per block and are capable of withstanding heavy impacts, including traffic collisions. The weight and strength of dense interlocked or stacked concrete blocks mean they cannot be moved or shifted…

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Do Security Cameras Record All the Time? Options for 24/7 Security

Do security cameras record all of the time? This is a popular question amongst security-conscious site operators and business owners who are keen to make sure their security measures are working around the clock and don’t miss a beat so to speak. Yes, conventional CCTV systems do record constantly if they’re programmed to do so…

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Superhero Surveillance: What You Need to Know About Mobile CCTV Towers

If you’re a commercial landlord or manage empty property of any type, your needs are clear: everything must be in secure lockdown—as safe as possible, with the exception of authorised access. In this article, we’re all about CCTV, but not the “normal” kind you may already know. Depending on your needs, mobile CCTV towers could…

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What Is an Addressable Fire Alarm System? Addressable vs Analogue

Analogue and addressable fire alarm systems are two of the most-used solutions for businesses and public access spaces, and we often consult with clients unsure of the best options for their premises or how these systems differ. In this article we’ll clarify the contrasts, explain how each fire alarm system works, and share some guidance…

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Squatting: If It Can Happen to Gordon Ramsay…

…It could happen to you. Commercial squatters – they know the law, and they’re going to use it. Widely reported in the press last week were the travails of one Gordon Ramsay. Everyone’s favourite sweary executive chef has had a few problems with squatters. And these folks are not to be trifled with it, it…

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Vehicle Barrier Systems: How to Restrict Vehicle Access

Controlling vehicular access to your business, premise or property is an important aspect of security – whether you have a company site that backs onto open land, manage an agricultural business or construction site, or want to prevent criminal activity such as trespass and fly-tipping. But what is the best way to restrict vehicle access?…

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How to Secure Unoccupied Land

Facts and Figures Let’s start with an interesting fact or two about land. More specifically, our land. Over two centuries after the poet Willliam Blake wrote the lyrics to what went on to become Jerusalem, we still have our green and pleasant land. Prepare to be a little surprised. Why? Well, according to government statistics, despite our…

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What are the Weak Access Points at a Construction Site?

Building Our Economy It is often said that the state of the construction sector reflects the health of our economy as a whole. What’s more, it’s a pivotal force behind growth; lots of cranes looming over the urban landscape – and we’re doing well. Not much construction going on? Things may not be quite as…

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Does CCTV Work When There Is No Light?

Conventional CCTV cameras have limited functionality during the evening and overnight, often producing grainy, blurry footage – if at all. However, the newest generation of CCTV surveillance provides a vast array of features that outperform older camera units multiple times over, with infrared night vision, crystal clear captures, and efficient camera bursts when movement is…

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What Is the Best CCTV for Farmland and Agricultural Land?

Agricultural landowners, from farmers to stable owners, developers, and private homeowners, commonly report an increasingly diverse range of security issues. The nature of remote land covering larger open spaces often means they become a target for organised and opportunist criminals, who look for machinery, vehicles, equipment, and materials often stored in these areas. For example,…

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Why Steel is THE Perfect Choice for Security Windows, Doors and Screens

Leaving any property vacant, even temporarily, can be risky. But, if you own or manage a commercial property, it’s even more vulnerable; it signals its empty status at 50 paces. Why? Because once occupied by busy people, it now looks disjointed and out of place. Shops, factories, offices, restaurants and so on are meant to be used…

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Types of Security Fencing for Maximum Security

Security fencing is a great way to deter opportunist intruders, prevent members of the public from inadvertently trespassing, and reinforcing other security measures – actively showing that your premise, land or business is well protected. But there are a number of types of security fencing to consider.  For many of our clients, whether commercial organisations,…

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How to Protect Your Vacant Commercial Property from Anti-Social Behaviour

This article tackles antisocial behaviour in and around vacant commercial property. We’ll examine what it is, and how it can affect your portfolio business. Also, offer sine actionable advice on how to safeguard your assets and investment. We’ve been there. With over 30 years’ experience in buildings and land security, there are almost no disruptive…

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A Rise in Crime Rates Over Easter: Is Your Business Ready?

While the Easter bank holiday often provides a much-needed break and offers business owners two consecutive days off either side of the weekend to relax with their families, this time of year doesn’t only mean Easter services, chocolate eggs, and novelty bunny ears. Unfortunately, the nationwide business closures so common over the bank holiday also…

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Ultimate Vacant Commercial Property Security Checklist

Unused, unoccupied commercial properties are more common than they used to be. This comprehensive checklist to protect your investment will help safeguard your property and minimise potential losses.   Guarding the Ghost Towns Post-pandemic, the WFH culture (working from home) has almost become the norm – or so it seems. Economically, it’s also been incredibly…

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How to protect the public and your workforce during construction projects

Managing safety and security on a construction site and adhering to safety laws and requirements can seem a daunting task, but it must be one to be taken seriously, especially as there is human life at risk. A busy work site may have multiple teams of tradespeople, constant vehicle movement, commercial machinery and potentially dangerous…

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Shining a Light: Does More Lighting Mean Less Crime?

Not everything feels particularly good in the dark. Most humans naturally fear it, most likely dating back to our ancestors’ phobias about night-time predators when sleeping in the open. And, it’s a normal part of childhood development that many adults never completely leave behind. Let’s flick a switch and illuminate the situation. Regarding security at an empty…

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Do Alarm Systems Need Servicing?

You’ve invested in the latest alarm system technology for your business – that’s great. But if the system is offline due to poor upkeep, your alarms are rendered ineffective. That’s why any alarm you have fitted within your property, business or site should be serviced regularly as part of an ongoing schedule of maintenance. This…

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How to Protect a Vacant Building From Fire

How to Protect a Vacant Building From Fire

It’s no surprise that vacant buildings and empty commercial units are at an elevated risk of fire, break-ins and criminal activity. Many reported fires that occur in an empty building are caused either by deliberate arson attacks or because of an issue such as faulty wiring sparking a blaze. Protecting a vacant property from fire…

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What is perimeter security? Here’s why it’s so important for your site or empty property

Traditionally, site owners and business managers have concentrated their security efforts on physical buildings, entrance points, and doors or windows – leaving a wide area of opportunity between a building and a perimeter that is unguarded and unprotected. But what about perimeter security?  Relying solely on internal security alarms can create unnecessary vulnerability where outbuildings…

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Your Complete Vacant Commercial Property Risk List

As a landlord, investor, or commercial property manager, we hold this truth to be self-evident: Your clear-cut worst-case scenario is the premises becoming vacant – even temporarily. It costs you money in deferred rental income, but there’s more: unplanned financial outlays due to potential damage and theft can rack up substantially. Without robust protection and…

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Commercial Alarm Systems

Intruder Alarm Grades Explained: Which Alarm Grade Is Right for You?

When you purchase an intruder alarm for any premise or property, you’ll see a grade designated to the alarm system. These intruder alarm grades are used to advise on the types of risk the alarm system is designed to protect against and help businesses and private consumers understand which alarms are most suitable for their…

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Purpose of Sensors in Perimeter and Building Security?

What Is the Purpose of Sensors in Perimeter and Building Security?

Security alarms, CCTV cameras and perimeter security systems all have one thing in common – they are designed to prevent intruders from accessing your property or site. To function, alarms need to have a form of sensor which triggers the alarm or alert based on a movement or activity, such as the presence of a…

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The Importance of Physical Security at Your Empty Commercial Property

Less…Is More In a challenging business environment, not least a tough time for retailers and higher inflation rates, it would appear that there has been an increase in vacant property rates since the pandemic. Perhaps the working-from-home preference has contributed, too. Having hit a low of 4.6% in the first quarter of 2020, in early…

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Can You Access CCTV Footage Remotely? Remote monitoring explained

CCTV surveillance cameras capture unusual movement, suspicious activity, event logs, foot traffic, and vehicles approaching or navigating your premises. But can you access this information remotely? The answer is yes – with a remote CCTV monitoring solution. Having immediate, on-demand access to that footage may be imperative to site owners and security teams. While conventional CCTV…

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No mains power? Does CCTV Work Without Electricity?

CCTV cameras provide the best possible protection for businesses, properties, construction sites and compounds – but do they work without electricity? In short, CCTV won’t work without electricity. They depend on having a reliable, always-on power source to function, however, this doesn’t have to be a main power source. CCTV can be powered wirelessly, through battery…

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What is a Commercial Property Inspection

A commercial property inspection is a thorough evaluation of a commercial property by a trained and licensed professional, typically conducted before a property sale, lease, or transfer. The purpose of a commercial property inspection is to identify any existing or potential issues with the property, including structural defects, building code violations, and environmental hazards. What…

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Types of Perimeter Security

Perimeter security is a key priority for thousands of businesses, organisations and private facilities, ensuring intruders cannot gain entry. However, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with the sheer number of perimeter security types or more importantly – understand what type is right for your risk profile. The solutions we recommend may depend on your objectives…

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What Is a Security Risk Assessment?

Security risk assessments follow a similar process to conducting a fire risk assessment for your building or business – but focus on every aspect of your security, from locks to alarm systems, CCTV surveillance to access controls. The primary goal of a security risk assessment is to assess how well your security provisions meet your…

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Setting Boundaries: What You Need to Know about Perimeter Security

In this article, we’re writing about the outermost edges of your vacant commercial property. And, why you need to ensure that everything at its margins is as safe and sound as possible. In Clearway’s experience, exceptional perimeter security is more than important. It’s crucial. Stable, reliable measures will minimise any threats to your business and protect your…

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What Is an Intrusion Detection System and Which Businesses Use Them?

Detecting intrusions along your perimeter or at an empty property as soon as they occur could prevent a larger and more serious crime such as squatting, fly-tipping or theft. As the name suggests, intrusion detection systems are advanced security devices that do just that – detect intrusions. They can be set up to monitor specific…

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How Do Commercial Fire Alarm Systems Work for Commercial Buildings

Commercial buildings and workplaces must have a fire alarm system or alternative fire detection system in place to raise an alert if the facility needs to be evacuated and identify any security or safety threats, including fire and smoke. There are multiple options and system structures, but the purpose remains to protect anybody on site…

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Everything You Need to Know About Vacant Property Insurance Compliance

Essential, But Are You Resentful? Insurance is, in many ways, a bit of a grudge purchase. Whatever you need it for – your car, your home contents, or for just-in-case or longer-term health scenarios, you know it’s a good idea. Yet, being super-sensible regarding insurance doesn’t exactly bring you unbridled joy. The truth is that…

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Reducing the Risk: How to avoid ‘Escape of Water’

Escape of water is an insurance term that refers to any leaks, flooding or water damage caused by internal faults. For example, a burst pipe would constitute an escape of water, whereas flooding originating from a nearby river or reservoir would not. EoW presents a huge problem for both commercial building owners and insurers. Most…

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Commercial Landlords: Can a Property Risk Assessment Lower Your Insurance Risk?

Professional risk management can actively lower the risk exposure an insurance provider associates with your business, property or premise – but following through on the actions identified by a formal risk assessment is essential. Insurers levy premiums based on complex computations, incorporating aspects such as the grade of locks you use on your doors, the…

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The Rise of the Commercial Squatter – And What To Do About it

Please note: this article is for general information purposes and should not be considered an alternative to professional legal advice. That Was Then, This Is Now Squatters in non-residential properties have become a bit of a knotty problem. Why, exactly? Well, most probably, as well as challenging economic circumstances for many, it’s down to a…

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What Is an Alarm Receiving Centre?

An Alarm Receiving Centre, or ARC, is a professional, controlled facility that manages alarm responses from a variety of security and fire safety systems, ranging from fire and intruder alarms to panic buttons to advanced CCTV surveillance networks. There is a huge added value for clients, who have the assurance that any alarm or motion…

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How many vacant properties are there in the UK?

The UK housing crisis continues to worsen, as widely reported in the media. Yet, as many as 1 in every 25 homes in the UK is Empty according to actionemptyhomes.org. A baffling correlation exists between the volume of vacant properties and increasing housing demand that has spurred the government to call on private developers to…

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When was CCTV invented?

CCTV cameras have become part and parcel of everyday life. We see them on the tube, in shops, offices, trains – and surveillance is now so commonplace we often don’t give it a second thought! However, the history of CCTV is extraordinary, and the technical capacity of cameras has innovated substantially since this form of…

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What Is the Purpose of a Body Worn Camera? How and When They’re Used

Body worn cameras are increasingly common in any setting or environment where the wearer is responsible for security, dealing with issues or managing potentially aggressive behaviour. But how are they being deployed and used to improve security? It’s very common to see body cameras used by the police force and emergency services, security guards, airport…

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How to Reduce Fire Risks in Commercial Properties

The most recently published government statistics show that the Fire and Rescue Services in England responded to over 3,700 fires at commercial or non-residential properties in just one quarter, from April to June 2023. With over 300 fires occurring every week, it is essential businesses and premises owners look closely at how well they manage…

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UK Fire Alarm Testing Regulations For Commercial Buildings Explained

Every business, public facility and commercial space in the UK must have a suitable method of detecting fires and alerting people on-site – but they are also legally obligated to test their fire alarms regularly to verify they remain in good working order. UK fire alarm testing rules vary depending on the nature of the…

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The Five Services From Clearway You May Not Know About

Almost certainly, you’ll recognise the Clearway brand. We have over 30 years’ experience in vacant commercial property security, and our distinctive signage is up and down the UK. Our business helps to protect untenanted shops, offices, warehouses and factories – for however long they are unoccupied. In short, we’ve got you covered if you’re a…

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What Does PIDS Stand For? PIDS security explained

PIDS is an abbreviation commonly used in the security sector and stands for Perimeter Intrusion Detection System. These advanced systems are designed to meet every risk around a property or site perimeter, focusing on the early detection of attempted intrusions to deliver proactive and preemptive protection. By raising the alarm immediately, PIDS reduce the likelihood…

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What is Smart Building Technology?

Tomorrow’s World…Has Arrived If you’ve seen Minority Report, Iron Man or any of the Matrix films, you’ll have experienced scenes of mind-boggling technological creativity. Awe-inspiring, of course, but just fiction, you may think. None of this is real-life stuff. Not something we’d start using, anyway. Well, we may need to re-evaluate our expectations. In many respects, tomorrow’s impressive technology is…

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Why inSite body worn cameras are more than ‘just a bodycam’

Commercial-grade body-worn cameras are often regarded as a standard item of equipment deployed to security personnel – but the growing prevalence of incidents and abuses at high levels impacting highways and transport personnel have contributed to a new level of functionality and innovation. Standard bodycams are just that – standard! They offer limited functionality meaning…

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‘Tis the Season: Protecting Your Vacant Commercial Property in Winter

Actionable advice from Clearway to ensure that your unoccupied property stays safe, secure and in good condition in the colder, darker months.  As we look out the window, we can’t accurately say that the “nights are drawing in”. They’ve drawn in already. The clocks have gone back, and darker nights are well and truly here….

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The Benefits of Long-Range CCTV for Large Sites and Empty Spaces

CCTV cameras are commonplace in many commercial environments – they’re proven to be a highly visible, highly effective form of advanced security. However, a drawback of many standard CCTV cameras is that they have a limited scope of vision and may be unsuited to larger areas, expanses of land between a business and a perimeter,…

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The Industries Adopting Body Worn Cameras: Is a bodycam right for you?

Body-worn cameras have signified a step-change in organisational health and safety, protection from threats and abuse, and the way businesses log and record incidents and occurrences that require further action. As a protective asset that safeguards contractors and businesses from liability, delivers insights for follow-up risk assessments and evaluations, and as a tool that allows…

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Securing Self-Storage: How to Secure Your Storage Units

A recent update from the Self-Storage Association indicates that organised crime groups are targeting self-storage facilities, particularly those without adequate security, leaving valuables exposed to theft. This guide security advice for self-storage companies, highlighting the key threats you should safeguard against and the best security features available to protect your customers, staff, property, business and…

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All About Access Control Solutions

If you own or manage a commercial property and it becomes vacant, whatever its size or location, robust security is a must-have.  In addition to CCTV, wireless video alarm systems and manned guarding, Clearway’s access control systems offer outstanding protection for empty warehouses, shops, offices and construction sites. They maximise modern technology for a solution that’s high-level, streamlined and,…

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Evictions: What are your rights as a commercial tenant?

Commercial tenants have various rights and legal protections – but these differ significantly from those relevant to residential leaseholders. It is important for both landlord and tenant to have full oversight of their rights, responsibilities and obligations within a rental contract to avoid any disputes or misunderstandings. Landlords should ensure their commercial rental contracts cover…

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The 5 Pillars of Vacant Property Protection

Over our 30+ years of operating, we’ve gained a vast amount of experience in securing vacant properties and sites using our extensive portfolio of security solutions. One question we get asked all the time is: “What measures, in your opinion, should we focus on to maximise our security, given our limited budget?” It’s a very…

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Vacant Retail Premises – An Important Update from Clearway

Bear with us. Before we tell you about securing your unoccupied retail premises, we need to throw some facts and figures in your general direction – and they’re pretty stark. According to the British Retail Consortium (BRC), overall shop vacancy rates in the UK for the first quarter of 2023 were at 13.8%. And, the…

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How to Evict Squatters from your property or land

Finding that squatters have gained unlawful entry to your property and have begun living there without consent can be stressful – with untold damage to the fabric of the building, draining utilities if these are connected, and often stripping assets such as radiators and leaving hazardous debris. Properties that are targeted by squatters commonly attract…

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CCTV Laws Explained – What You Can and Can’t Do

This article about CCTV may surprise you. Why? Because when it comes to the legal requirements and laws surrounding CCTV for commercial use, there are more restrictions and rules than you may realise. Many more, in fact. Indeed, without the right CCTV policies, procedures and strict compliance, you could find yourself on the wrong side…

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How to Keep Your Construction Site Secure

Construction site security is a gritty and complex issue. They’re expensive to run, they’re constantly vulnerable and at risk – and they remain that way until the very end of the project. More than anything, construction sites need to be kept secure, particularly as the criminal underworld is conspiring against the sector all the time….

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What Is a Fire Detection System? A Brief Guide

Fire detection systems are modern, advanced alternatives to conventional fire safety measures, which largely replace manual call points, relying on somebody noticing smoke, fire or heat and raising the alarm. Automation has greatly improved the speed and efficiency of fire detection, ensuring that any signs of fire are recognised and communicated immediately, even when a…

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What Is a Jersey Barrier?

Jersey barriers are dense, strong, specifically engineered concrete blocks used extensively in highway safety. If you’ve driven along a motorway or A-road and seen an interlocking line of concrete barriers forming a blockade between lanes or between the road and the verge, they are almost definitely Jersey barriers. The primary application is to separate lanes…

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Insurance Risk Reduction: Can a Security Firm Help?

Insurance risk can vary significantly between businesses and buildings while making a big difference to the insurance premiums you are offered – and the number of insurance providers willing to extend coverage. Whether you own a company, a plot of land or an investment property, any insurance subject that is considered high-risk will be trickier…

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Assessing Property Risks: The Importance of Property Risk Management

Property owners commonly need to manage a wide variety of risks, whether they own or manage a commercial, residential, investment, or industrial property. Those risks might relate to security, liability, environmental hazards, loss of value or the threat of tenant disputes or non-payments impacting their profitability.   Risk management is a prevalent concern, where property…

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What Does a Keyholder Do? 

If you own or manage a vacant commercial property, or if it’s empty outside regular working hours, its security may always be on your mind. It may even keep you awake into the wee, small hours. Not least if you live or work some distance away from your premises. That’s where keyholders come in –…

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How secure is your empty site or vacant property in the winter?

With the clocks being turned back, daylight hours getting shorter and the shops starting to stock Christmas decorations – the winter is nearly upon us. But have you thought about your security? The winter months bring several safety concerns and security risks to empty sites, vacant properties and building sites due to the darker nights…

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Clearway welcomes Secure Empty Property into the Group

The Clearway Group (“Clearway”) is delighted to announce the acquisition of Secure Empty Property Limited (“SEP”). Headquartered in London, Clearway is a leading commercial security services provider specialising in protecting people, property and assets. Clearway delivers solutions that are tailored to its customers’ needs, utilising an extensive range of specialist services integrated with market-leading technology….

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What is the CRAR law? A quick guide for landlords

Landlords should take care to ensure that they understand how and when it is appropriate to implement CRAR. But what exactly is CRAR? Commercial rent arrears recovery (CRAR) is a valuable law that came into effect in April 2014. It enables commercial landlords to collect rent owned to them by taking goods from the property….

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How to hire security guards

Hiring on-site security is an excellent way to reinforce your current security systems and introduce a visible, robust presence to deter opportunist criminals and reduce your risks of break-ins, thefts and antisocial behaviour. But what is the best way to hire a security guard?   Did you know that there was a spike in security…

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Rural Security: Is your rural property or site at risk?

The 2023 rural crime report makes for surprising reading, with a 22% increase in rural theft recorded between 2022 and 2023. However, this increase in crime will come as no surprise to farmers who are bearing the brunt of costly machine theft and the severe disruption caused as a result.  While general crime rates tend…

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Security Installers: Is third-party CCTV monitoring right for you?

You’ve made the wise decision to invest in high-quality business CCTV or alarm systems to safeguard your property. But what comes next? When it comes to monitoring your newly installed security system, you have a few options: stick with your current supplier, handle monitoring in-house, or consider the advantages of outsourcing this critical task to…

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What Is a Void Property and Why Do They Need to Be Protected?

Void properties – as opposed to vacant premises – are those without tenants, normally during the period of time between when a previous tenant leaves and a new rental agreement is entered into between the landlord and a new tenant. There are several challenges associated with a void property, not least because rental units between…

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All About Security Guards and K9 Security Dogs

Whatever its size, layout or location, no doubt you know that as soon as your commercial property becomes vacant, it will flag up its empty status to would-be intruders, vandals, thieves and others with harmful intent. Most likely, you have considered several security options. Equally, you may already have them in place. However, security guards…

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An end of tenancy checklist for landlords

When a tenant is due to vacate a property, there are plenty of tasks the landlord must complete to ensure that the end of tenancy goes smoothly. Preparing for the handover well in advance will preempt any potential delays or misunderstandings, ensuring the property has been thoroughly cleaned, the keys handed back, and any repairs…

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How to Give Notice to a Commercial Tenant

Providing notice to a commercial tenant may seem simple – but it is essential landlords correctly give notice to ensure they end a lease legally and in accordance with the terms and clauses included within the rental agreement. A commercial landlord may wish to remove a tenant for many reasons, from wanting to sell the…

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Video-Verified Alarm Systems – Your Complete Guide

As a landlord, business owner or facilities manager, it’s likely that you have invested a considerable amount of time, effort and money into your property. Whether you’re involved in a retail premises, a warehouse, factory, or any other commercial building, if it’s empty – large or small, it’s vulnerable. In fact, according to the FSB*,…

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Your Ultimate Guide to Keyless Steel Doors

Getting In… Is Easy Imagine. If you were a burglar targeting an empty commercial property, what would be the best way to gain entry, would you think? No, we’ve not lost our minds. Bear with us. Put yourself in the shoes of an intruder. Perhaps you’d find somewhere out of sight – a hidden rear…

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What Is A Section 146 Notice? (S146 notice)

If a landlord wishes to bring a lease to an end for breach of covenants that don’t include rent then a Section 146 Notice of the Law and Property Act 1925 is served on the leaseholder prior to the commencement of forfeiture proceedings. Example situations where landlords may be entitled to serve a Section 146…

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Security Management – What is it and what are the key objectives?

Security management is a process in which businesses and property owners audit all of their assets, risk-assess the threats to security affecting people, buildings, inventory and equipment and take proactive steps to ensure their strategy is always sufficient and up to date. Effective security management includes ongoing monitoring to determine where certain parts of your…

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Commercial Tenant Not Paying Rent? Here’s What You Can Do

Commercial landlords can be severely impacted by tenants who continually fail to pay their rent or fall into ongoing arrears. Many landlords rely on their rental income to cover the costs of running or financing rental properties and may need to act quickly if they have a tenant who does not seem willing to make…

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How Long Does it Take to Evict Commercial Tenants?

Evicting a commercial tenant can take time – but using a professional enforcement agency is essential to avoid unnecessary delays. The financial impacts of a long and drawn-out eviction process can also add further pressure when landlords are dealing with ongoing unpaid rent and the costs of pursuing legal action. The correct steps – and…

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How to Implement Effective Physical Security Measures

Physical security measures are diverse and varied. They provide the assurance that a property or site is suitably safeguarded against illegal entry, theft and trespass. The correct actions depend on the nature and layout of the premise, such as the size of the perimeter, the number of potential entry points, and areas of greatest risk….

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Everything You Need to Know About Concrete Blocks

If you own or manage a commercial property that becomes vacant, concrete barrier blocks may not necessarily spring to mind above other essential security measures. At least, not immediately. You may not even have considered them a thing. Yet, they are a thing. Quite a big thing, actually. Concrete Barrier Blocks – In a Nutshell…

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What are the legal grounds for evicting a tenant?

Whilst landlords cannot and should not taking evicting tenants lightly, situations do sometimes arise that make it the best course of action. To evict a tenant, you will need to have legal grounds for doing so, it is not something that can be done on a whim. If you have reasonable grounds, then you will…

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All About Steel Security Screens and Steel Sheet

While we’re not in the business of alarmist statistics, we know that the facts speak for themselves.  In the previous 12 months, figures from the 2022 Commercial Victimisation Survey show from gov.uk show that an estimated 28% of business premises experienced some sort of crime, with 9% of this percentage being victims of burglary and…

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Remote Surveillance – What Are the Benefits to Your Business?

CCTV surveillance is an established way to reduce the risks of break-ins, thefts and illegal intrusions. The use of CCTV itself is nothing new, however, all too often, the footage is not reviewed in real-time, meaning that business owners can only rely on their surveillance systems to try and identify intruders after the fact. Cameras…

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Warehouse security threats – how to secure your warehouse

Warehouses are exposed to myriad safety risks and security threats, where prospective criminals will be well aware that the building is used to store inventory, materials, equipment and tools – and when the premises is empty overnight or at the weekend. As a business or warehouse owner, you’ll know that warehouse theft can really disrupt…

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What is Vacant Property Security?

We’ve put together one of our “essentials” blogs: full of clear, jargon-free information about keeping the buildings you own or manage, the assets in them, and the people who may access them safe and free from harm. Welcome to vacant property security – streamlined. Your Building is at Risk You know already that your vacant…

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How does CCTV Monitoring work? The 3 stages of alarm response

One of our most frequently asked questions is ‘how does CCTV monitoring work?’ CCTV monitoring is as the name suggests, a service whereby security cameras installed on your site, land or property are watched by trained staff in anticipation of any criminal activity. Having a CCTV system is said to reduce crime by as much as…

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What Are Rent Arrears?

Rent arrears refer to unpaid debts, where a tenant has failed to pay the rent owing for their rented property. This type of arrear is known as priority debt because rental arrears of two months or more can be a legally justifiable reason to evict a tenant in the worst-case scenario and where all other…

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How Much Notice Do I Need to Give at the End of a Tenancy?

The notice a commercial landlord needs to give their tenant depends on the structure of the tenancy – a lot relies on the clauses and features within the lease agreement. With the introduction of the Renters’ Reform Bill in May 2023, many landlords are assessing their rights and obligations, but this new piece of legislation is focused…

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Commercial Tenant Rights In The UK

Every tenant has statutory rights and protections against unfair treatment by their landlord – but these are substantially different between residential and commercial tenants. That said, every business premise landlord should be conscious of their tenant’s rights and entitlements to ensure they manage the lease agreement and other processes correctly, lawfully and according to the…

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How to Evict a Commercial Tenant

Eviction processes for commercial tenants occupying a business property differ from those related to residential tenancies, and landlords have varied options and responsibilities whether they wish to end a commercial tenancy early or evict a tenant. So how can you evict a commercial tenant?  In most cases, an eviction occurs because the tenant has failed…

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What is CCTV Monitoring and what are the benefits?

CCTV (closed circuit television) is a well-known and extensively used measure to record surveillance footage. However, even the most technologically advanced CCTV cameras have limited benefits without the provision for remote monitoring, where they become a passive rather than a reactive method to improve security and prevent criminal activity. Monitoring services provided by Clearway’s NSI…

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What does a security guard do? Security guard roles and responsibilities

According to Statista, there were over 300,000 people employed in ‘security occupations’ in 2022. They’re trained and licensed to carry out a number of activities in the defence of the public, property and personnel – and they’re very effective in doing so! We know that they’re an important part of our economy and work closely with…

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Can a security guard physically detain or touch you?

Security guards are licensed to carry out a number of duties such as inspecting and patrolling premises regularly, monitoring entrances and securing exits and entry points and preventing crime. However, it’s inevitable that a security guard may have to get physical in the event of a security breach – but can security guards physically touch…

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What Is the Best Helmet Camera? Features of our helmet cameras.

Clearway provides cutting-edge body-worn and helmet-worn cameras, with a growing demand for real-time site management, robust health and safety enforcement and liability protection. Helmet cameras are one of the most popular models, with lightweight casing and excellent visibility, without impeding the wearer’s range of movement. These slimline cameras simply clip onto a PPE-compliant helmet. In…

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What Are L8 Concrete Blocks?

Concrete blocks are one of the most versatile and robust structural assets used for countless applications, from retaining walls to flood defences, physical perimeter boundaries and preventative security. But what are L8 blocks? An L8 or LG8 block is a short-hand abbreviation for an interlocking block configured in a standardised size. As the name suggests,…

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9 Ways to Improve Commercial Building Security

Security is fundamental for every commercial building, whether a retail store, warehouse, factory, storage space or office. Enhancing security can significantly reduce the potential for break-ins, thefts and vandalism while reassuring your workforce and potentially reducing your insurance premiums. The challenge for many businesses is that security covers such a broad scope it can be…

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What Can CCTV Towers Be Used For?

CCTV towers are a flexible security solution, available for rapid deployment in countless settings. Functionality such as solar, wind and battery power enable CCTV towers to be used in remote and outdoor environments and for temporary or long-term applications. The visible nature of a CCTV tower means it acts as an effective deterrent for prospective…

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Clearway announces Peter Eglinton as new Executive Chairman

The Clearway Group Limited (Clearway) has announced the appointment of Peter Eglinton as its Executive Chairman. Peter will take over the day-to-day running of the business from Ian Quinlan, Group Chief Executive, who has led Clearway’s growth and development over the past six years. Peter brings with him 20 years of experience leading six disparate…

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CCTV Towers vs Mast Cameras: What Is the Difference?

CCTV towers and mast-mounted cameras share much of the same functionality. They are erected at height to cover larger areas, can be equipped with advanced PTZ capabilities and movement sensors, and have autonomous battery and/or solar-energy power systems to remain independent from mains power. However, the contrast is in the duration of use and the…

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What Can Concrete Barriers Be Used For?

Concrete barriers are used in many scenarios where security, workforce safety, vehicular access and access management are essential. Interlinking precast concrete blocks can create a continuous blockade or be positioned in intervals to restrict vehicles and unauthorised visitors from trespassing or entering unsafe zones such as highway repair areas. As an effective, immovable and physical…

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Who Is Responsible for Providing PPE?

Almost every job has at least some risk, but in environments where the potential for injury or accident is high, employers and managers are responsible for issuing PPE that adheres to professional standards, quality controls and workplace legislation. Occupations with elevated risks, such as positions in construction (see construction site security), highways (see highway security)…

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The importance of PPE in construction

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is a crucial aspect of site management in any construction setting, as one of the sectors with the highest volume of annual reportable incidents that could be reduced, and in some cases prevented, with the correct usage of PPE. PPE refers to any device, item of clothing, equipment or accessory that…

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What Does PPE Stand for in Health and Safety?

What does PPE stand for? PPE stands for personal protective equipment and refers to a broad range of clothing, tools and devices you may require to perform your role safely, effectively and following industry regulations. Employers and managers issue staff with PPE to adhere to risk assessments and health and safety obligations, normally to minimise…

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Dangers of abandoned buildings: putting other people’s lives at risk

There’s nothing new about people’s fascination with exploring abandoned and derelict buildings, but the growing trend in posting videos of their exploits online is a problem. The videos encourage others, many of them young people, to set their own challenges of discovering and exploring. Sadly, they often explore dangerous buildings, putting themselves at risk and…

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Do Body Cameras Work?

Body cameras can be used as a pre-emptive measure to protect the safety of workers, including security guards, construction teams and road workers, reducing the potential for incidents or abuse and keeping a clear record of any occurrences. But how effective is a body camera for security, and what difference will it make in the…

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Are Helmet Cameras Legal?

Helmet cameras are becoming increasingly common, worn by construction workers and highways work teams exposed to threats, abuse and risks, alongside safety helmet cams for motorbike riders and cyclists – but are they legal?. These cameras have various functions, such as auto-recording, rolling storage capacity, cloud-based video uploads, and even auto-redacting, where footage is transmitted…

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The laws for Squatters in the UK

In the United Kingdom, the laws regarding squatters have undergone significant changes in recent years. The legal status of squatters is now more clearly defined, and property owners have more options for dealing with them. What are the squatter laws in the UK? Under current UK law, squatters have limited rights and can be evicted…

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Do Police Have to Wear Body Cameras?

Police forces increasingly use body cameras to log incidents, capture exchanges, and provide valuable evidence that can be used in a prosecution – but they are not mandatory, nor are they used by every officer. Many UK police forces are now issuing officers with body cameras, primarily patrol officers. Other road-based police use dashboard cams…

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Why is a Risk Assessment so Important?

What do you think of when you hear the phrase bricks and mortar? Perhaps a solid, safe-as-houses building, resistant to all and sundry. The truth is that your vacant bricks-and-mortar commercial property is anything but secure. Theft, fire, vandalism, weather damage, and occupation by squatters – they’re all associated risks. Left unoccupied, the premises is exceptionally defenceless,…

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Jersey Barrier Sizes and Dimensions

Concrete barriers are versatile and cost-effective, used in countless environments to protect people, vehicles and assets. Jersey barriers are a specific type of concrete block used extensively in road safety and traffic management, with one block weighing 1,450 kg. The advantage of precast concrete is that it is extremely heavy and immovable, resistant to all…

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Tips for Commercial Landlords now faced with rent arrears

When tenants find themselves unable to pay rent, landlords and affected parties must act fast. This article offers a range of solutions aimed at making the situation manageable for both sides. Even if your tenants cannot pay rent due to financial hardship, there are still ways for you as a landlord to protect the rental…

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Is It Legal to Wear a Body Camera in the UK?

There are countless benefits to wearing a visible helmet-mounted or body-worn camera, not least protecting yourself from the risk of violence, recording a real-time account of an incident and having evidence to back up future liability or insurance claims. Body cameras are used throughout the security, policing, and emergency response sectors. They are also worn…

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Commercial Property Landlords Caught Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Commercial property deals have collapsed to their lowest level in more than a decade as investors reckon with higher interest rates, the prospect of a lengthy recession and the fallout from the Liz Truss “mini” Budget. The £7bn of deals transacted in the final three months of last year was the lowest quarterly total since…

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Does a slowdown in construction mean an increase in security threats to sites?

The Christmas construction shutdown provided a much-welcomed break from the anxiety and uncertainty faced by the construction industry over the last year. Sadly, when those based in construction find themselves on the wrong side of the holiday high this January, they are likely to see a bleak immediate future, as the ongoing issues from 2022 negatively impact…

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What are ANPR Cameras?

Automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras are an advanced form of security surveillance technology that can register vehicles against a database or capture the identity of a car that has been recorded breaching a perimeter or committing a driving offence. As the security sector evolves, the use of AI-enabled CCTV has become more widely adopted….

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How often should commercial fire alarms be tested?

Employers, businesses, and commercial property owners have several legal obligations related to fire safety, many of which were introduced as part of The Fire Safety Act 2005. How often should commercial fire alarms be tested? Fire alarms in any commercial building should be tested weekly. The regulations say that a company should appoint somebody as…

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What is keyholding?

Keyholding means just that – your contracted security provider holds keys to your property, including any alarm codes or entry fobs required to gain access if there is an emergency, such as a security alarm, fire alarm or attempted intrusion. Clearway keyholding ensures that a trained, reliable team of security personnel can address issues, respond…

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How to secure a wind farm

As the government looks for new ways to reduce carbon emissions and secure energy reliance from Russia and other countries, wind farms have begun to spring up around the British countryside. This renewable energy source is perfectly suited to remote rural areas, particularly where flatter land and higher rates of natural wind allow for convenient,…

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What is manned guarding?

Manned guarding is a blanket term that describes having certified security guards physically present at your site or premises – although that can cover a broad range of duties, responsibilities and security activities. The visible presence of uniformed security guards is an extremely effective way of safeguarding your business or property from theft or damage,…

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What is a property inspection?

Property inspections are a valuable yet cost-effective way to retain a regular oversight of empty, vacant and void units and buildings. With the right empty property security provisions in place, many empty properties may not require continued on-site surveillance, particularly if you have robust security screens and alarm monitoring that preclude any criminal intrusions from…

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Types of Concrete Barrier Explained

Concrete barriers are an effective solution for owners and managers of land, work sites, commercial properties, vacant buildings, and industrial units who need to ensure there are no unsupervised vehicular entry points. But what are the different types of concrete barriers and how is each type used? Concrete barriers can be used in a variety…

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A surge in demand for manned guards – can technology help?

The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has warned of a critical shortage of licensed security officers, with 62,000 new professionals required within the next year to cater to increasing demand to protect businesses, organisations and sites. Experienced, trained security personnel are essential to thousands of companies and public sector property managers, providing an integral part of…

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Getting Smart About Your Security – Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Physical Security

Artificial intelligence (AI) isn’t confined to digital ecosystems and online security; it is a valuable asset in physical security protocols. It can transform how businesses and site owners monitor, control and safeguard their sites and properties. Security systems can become faster, responsive and more intelligent, with cost-efficiencies gained by integrating digital solutions that detect and…

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The Rise in Solar Panels Thefts – Protecting Your Solar Farm

Renewable energy is a trending topic at present, driven partially by the need for sustainable, environmentally-friendly energy production but also by soaring energy prices that have made conventional utilities prohibitively expensive. Solar panels, outdoor wind farms and hydroelectric plants are becoming increasingly popular. The larger the facility, the greater the efficiencies and green credentials, with…

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The Rising Costs of Construction: And How Clearway Can Help

It will come as no surprise to contractors, developers and construction site managers that costs are rising – and the recent report in Construction News bears this out. Among the headline statistics, material costs have risen to a 40-year high over the last 24 months, structural steel is 26% more expensive, and further increases of 2.5% and…

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Arbitration ends and forfeiture in Wales returns to normal.

We can confirm that the government restrictions during the pandemic period have now ended. Arbitration ended midnight 23rd September 2022. If you did not use the arbitration process: If you have not taken advantage of the arbitration process to recover ‘ringfenced rent arrears’ accrued during the pandemic, the deadline to do so has now passed…

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Analysing Retail Sales & Managing Voids

UK retail sales returned to growth in July, following 3 months of consecutive declines. The strong summer sunshine over the month, peaking in the mid-month heatwave gave demand a boost, led both Food and Non-Food to see growth for the first time since December to 2.3%. Vacancy rates continued to travel in the right direction,…

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Is crime rising in the UK? Is it time to rethink your security strategy?

As is true to recent form in the UK, crime rates are on the rise according to several high profile reports. The Office for National Statistics reported that “overall, 6.7 million crimes were recorded in the year ending September 2023 compared with 6.6 million in the year ending September 2022.” So are crime rates rising?…

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PPE Protection

Protection for all with new PPE detection solution from Clearway Technology

Clearway Technology, with partner Loci-Labs, has developed a new automated AI powered edge and cloud-based PPE detection service which can be deployed with its range of rapidly deployable Technology Towers or via clients’ existing IP CCTV systems. Understand Health and Safety breaches and detect risks with real-time detection and notification to Clearway’s cloud-based analytics platform…

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How to Secure an Abandoned Building

An abandoned building is a substantial risk to a community – and is a more serious consideration than vacant or unoccupied premises that remain under the owner’s control. Where there isn’t a specified owner and a building has been left to decay, the threat of infestations, criminal activity and fly-tipping amplifies many times over. In…

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UK Industry 2019 – 2022

The hospitality and retail sectors bore the brunt of lockdown: restrictions on table sizes, social distancing rules and cancelled sports events threatened its survival. A severe reduction in international tourism accelerated this impending crisis for many hotels and retail shops. However, data supplied by the Local Data Company shows that the leisure sector remained resilient…

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Vacant Rental Units: UK Government Commits to New Scheme

The UK government has announced a controversial new scheme – and although it’s only a draft proposal at the moment, it’s a potential game-changer for commercial landlords with empty units. The idea, part of the Levelling-Up and Regeneration Bill, was published last month and includes a rental auction system whereby property owners with unoccupied retail…

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What Exactly is a Derelict Building?

Empty buildings that have fallen into disrepair are often sold at extremely competitive prices, usually at property auctions, and can be an attractive renovation project or investment asset. There are countless reasons a building might be deemed derelict, but the specific conditions matter when you need to find appropriate insurance coverage. If you’re interested in…

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Unoccupied properties vs vacant properties – what is the difference?

Although we might use the terms ‘vacant’ and ‘unoccupied’ interchangeably, they are not the same from an insurance perspective – and you need to know the difference if you own or manage any empty building! In this article we look at the difference between an unoccupied property and a vacant property for landlords and insurance…

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Which City Has The Most Vacant Properties?

A recent insurance survey has reported the staggering number of empty homes in London – equal to nearly 90,000 unoccupied sites, worth £130 billion to the owners. Although the capital has the most vacant homes of any location in the UK, this statistic isn’t limited to London. Hundreds of thousands of sites without tenants pose…

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The Clearway Group appoints Ronnie Coutts as UK Managing Director

The Clearway Group is delighted to announce the appointment of Ronnie Coutts MBE MA as UK Managing Director. The UK Group is formed of three business units – Clearway Services, Clearway Technology and Clearway Debt Squared with headquarters in London. Clearway is a leading commercial security services provider specialising in securing vulnerable properties, sites and assets….

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Vacancy Rates by Location

All Locations See Vacancy Improvements according to a report from The Local Data Company. While in Q4 no shopping locations saw an increase in vacancy rates since the start of the pandemic, Q1 2022 saw a decrease in vacancy rates for each location. Retail Parks continue to record the strongest results, not only in terms…

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Material Delays Increasing Demand for Security Measures

Vacant property security has always been crucial, with the risks of materials theft, illegal trespass, vandalism and squatters an ever-present threat to empty dwellings. However, extreme material shortages have put further pressure on property owners and commercial landlords and construction projects, resulting in huge price rises and a corresponding spike in thefts. There is widespread…

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The Clearway Group is delighted to announce the acquisition of Sitewatch Fire and Surveillance Ltd

The Clearway Group enhances its service capability through the addition of specialist fire and security technology business.   Headquartered in London, Clearway is a leading commercial security services provider specialising in securing vulnerable properties, sites and assets. The Group delivers solutions that are tailored to their customers’ needs, utilising an extensive range of specialist services…

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Empty Commercial Property – Things to Consider

The volume of unoccupied business premises in the UK has risen sharply, primarily due to companies relocating or switching to a remote work structure following the pandemic. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to retain your site value and preserve the integrity of the structure, whilst preparing it for a new tenant or…

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Utilities and Water Rates on Empty Properties

With ever-increasing energy prices, it’s essential for landlords, commercial owners and investors to keep up to speed with the costs of paying for utilities for their empty properties. As the vacant property experts, the Clearway team has compiled this short guide to recap everything you need to know, with a few pointers about avoiding unnecessary…

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Buying a vacant property checklist

If you’re a property developer and you’re planning on buying a vacant property to renovate, there are a couple of things you’ll need to bear in mind before making the purchase. Unlike buying a property that is already occupied or ready to be occupied, a vacant property will require lots of work, renovation and financial…

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Landlord guides: What is an empty home premium?

If you’re currently the owner of an empty house, you might be wondering if you’re still supposed to pay council tax on your property. Not only do you have to pay council tax, but you’ll be liable for what’s known as an ‘empty house premium’ alongside your regular council tax bill. While the premium varies…

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How to find the owner of an abandoned empty property? 5 Ways

If you’re a landlord looking to invest in an empty or abandoned property, one of the most difficult parts of the process might be finding the initial property owner. In this article, we explain some of the most trusted methods you should try for finding the owner of abandoned property. The faster you find the…

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Does a landlord have to pay business rates on an empty property?

If you own commercial property that is currently sitting empty, you might be asking yourself – do I have to pay business rates on an empty property? Unfortunately for UK property owners, having your commercial property empty will not make you exempt from paying business rates. You’ll be liable for business rates within the first…

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Does a landlord have to pay council tax on an empty property?

If you’re the owner or landlord of a residential property which is currently empty, you might be wondering – do you have to pay council tax on an empty property? Despite a few exceptions, most landlords will be liable for the council tax on empty properties. In this article, we’ll explain the government regulations on…

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The Clearway Group appoints a new Group Sales Director

The Clearway Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Nick Revell to UK Group Sales Director, taking overall responsibility for the growth leadership of all of its UK business units. Clearway operates as a market leader in vacant property services and asset protection including security, CCTV, monitoring and debt management and recovery via Clearway…

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What is the definition of a vacant property?

If you’re considering buying an empty property to invest in, or if you own a second home that you’re not occupying, knowing what constitutes a “vacant property” is important when it comes to aspects like insurance and tax. In this article, we outline what constitutes a vacant property, the difference between vacant property and unoccupied…

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What is a risk assessment in construction?

Construction risk assessments are all about identifying potential workplace hazards, assigning responsibility, and assessing the correct steps to mitigate or remove those risks. Building sites have a unique set of potential hazards. A comprehensive risk assessment is crucial, ensuring the workforce can go about their daily tasks without any undue exposure to injury or accident….

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Dome Vs Bullet Cameras – which are better?

Protecting your business, especially empty sites and premises, is vital to reduce common risks such as plant theft, break ins, fly-tipping and vandalism. These security breaches can be particularly costly for your business. One of the best ways to have eyes on your business around the clock is by installing commercial cctv cameras on and…

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Manned Guarding Vs Technology – Which is more effective?

A construction site presents numerous opportunities for costly criminal activity. The building or refurbishment of a property requires a considerable number of resources for any given site – and with increased resources comes a high number of risks such as theft, trespassing and vandalism to name just a few. Additionally, the duration and complexity of…

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Do security cameras deter crime?

No matter where you run your business, security is vital. If your business premises are located in an urban area or somewhere with a high crime rate, you will ideally want to deter potential criminals. Even in rural areas, certain crimes may go unnoticed without effective security. The best-case scenario is crime prevention. However, if…

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Benefits of employing a property management service

Keeping up-to-date with legislation Rental properties are subject to an increasing amount of legislation and as a landlord you have responsibilities towards your tenants that you simply can’t afford to ignore. As well as gas safety checks, electrical systems checks, fire safety regulations, Legionnaire’s Disease checks and legislation, maintenance and repairs, your tenants’ deposits must…

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The benefits of professional property management

Professional management will optimise property assets to deliver maximum performance and return on investment. have you heard of our all encompassing property management service? If you are thinking about investing into property, or are already the landlord of a commercial or residential premises or portfolio, you may be wondering whether you should engage the services…

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Vacant Properties

How to protect a vacant property – combining physical and technical solutions

Vacant properties are regular targets for criminal activity, whether it’s an empty residential rental or a commercial unit between tenants. The presence of valuable raw materials and running utilities combined with easy access can cost landlords and property owners thousands in repairing vandalism, evicting squatters and replacing stolen fixtures, roof tiles and copper piping. Fortunately, there…

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Options for Landlords following lifting of moratorium

Following the lifting of this years’ moratorium on forfeiture for commercial rent arrears, many landlords are once again able to use various methods in order either regain possession or recoup what they owe from tenants. Whilst many landlords may be eager to press ahead with their chosen strategy, it is important to note that the…

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Is fuel theft set to rise following the ban on Red Diesel?

For most companies, the usage of red diesel will be a thing of the past come April 2022 should they want to avoid incurring fines. The rules are changing meaning that the use of red diesel will be limited to: Vehicles in the agricultural sector Those powering non-commercial heating systems Vehicles used in the railway…

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Shop Vacancy Rates Update

UK shop vacancy rate declined to 14.4% in the final quarter of 2020. This was the first time that the number of shuttered shops fell since the start of 2018. According to the figures from the British Retail Consortium and Local Data Company, this was 0.1 percentage points below the third quarter level and 0.7…

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What Is A PTZ Camera?

Protecting your commercial premises is essential in order to keep your business and its assets secure. Theft and vandalism are two threats faced every day that cause significant inconvenience and financial loss. Therefore, it is of the highest priority to have in place a robust security system to watch over your business at all times,…

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What are break clauses in leases?

If a tenant wishes to bring a lease to a premature end, one option is to exercise a break clause which is often contained in both commercial and residential leases. Break clauses serve as crucial provisions in lease agreements, offering flexibility for both landlords and tenants in the UK property market. Whether circumstances change or…

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Minimum EPC rating set to rise in 2025

Minimum EPC rating set to rise in 2025 – what do landlords need to know? Much has been said about carbon emissions and achieving net-zero as of late, with the Government proposing new EPC regulations that will change the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards in 2025. The changes demonstrate the direction of travel regarding energy performance…

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What are PIR cameras and how do they work?

PIR (Passive Infra-Red) detection is a technology used in security systems to detect movement or intruders by recognising light emitted from nearby objects. PIR is the result of years of product innovation as security companies find new and innovative ways to detect the presence of intruders in commercial and domestic facilities. Over the years, PIR…

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Recovery of rent and forfeiture in commercial leases

It is well known that the pandemic has had a serious impact on landlords and tenants alike, in particular with regard to the commercial sphere. Following the introduction of various COVID-19 related legislation, landlords have been restricted in their ability to seek enforcement of commercial leases and to recover rent. One of the principal areas…

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Beyond Lockdown: Retail and Leisure Markets

VACANCY RATES BY LOCATION TYPE In line with the net change results, shopping centres saw vacancy rates increase the fastest of any location type in H1 2020. Vacancy jumped from 15.6% in H1 2020 to 19.4% in H1 2021, an increase of 3.8% in the six-month period. This is the largest half-year increase tracked by…

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When should you contact a business debt collection agency?

Getting help recovering unpaid invoices from a debt collection agency can be seen as a last ditch attempt. However, it is always best to act quickly if you are owed commercial debt. Leaving any debts outstanding for too long increases the risk that you will lose your money for good. Below are some examples of…

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Government Consultation outcome

Call for evidence on commercial rents: responses and analysis Plan Your Route Out Of Lockdown with the market experts. The government will be introducing a binding arbitration process that will be put in place between landlords and tenants. This will be a formal legally binding agreement that both parties must adhere to. So what are…

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Construction Site Theft is at an All-Time High

The ongoing shortage of building materials has pushed construction site theft to an all-time high, forcing a greater need for 24/7 site CCTV security. The Construction Equipment Association recently reported a 50% surge in construction site crime rates last year due to the coronavirus pandemic lockdown. But now, these figures have been exacerbated further due…

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Golf Clubs Facing the Threat of Invasion from Travellers

The next few weeks may see an upsurge in the travelling community trespassing onto the land of several golf clubs in and around the northwest of England. Travellers are certainly not there for the golf. In 2021, Royal Liverpool Golf Club at Hoylake, which hosted the British Open in 2014 and is due to again…

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The different Types of CCTV Camera explained

There are many options when it comes to choosing suitable CCTV cameras for your premises. Clearway recommends security installations based on site-specific factors, such as: Key entrances and exits. Access points such as loading bays or roof lights. The size and layout of the site. Mains power accessibility. Potential security threats. The situation and style…

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How to position CCTV Cameras

CCTV is doubtless one of the greatest preventatives to avoid illegal entry, thefts and damage to your property. However, it remains crucial to identify the best positioning to ensure you cover all of the highest risk locations at your premises and have sufficient lines of sight to capture activity in and around your entrances. You…

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Japanese Knotweed is dominating gardens this summer

Japanese Knotweed can wreak havoc on a building’s infrastructure, growing into basements and causing structural damage to buildings, which can devalue properties and lead to the refusal of mortgages. The invasive plant can grow more than 1m in height in three weeks with the complex root system going down 3m and out 7m, spreading so…

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Vacant Railway Arches – An Open Invitation for Illegal Activity

Network Rail, the owner of Britain’s railway infrastructure, hit the headlines at the end of 2018, when it was announced that Blackstone, an American private equity firm, and Telereal Trillium, a multi-billion pound property management and development company, would be purchasing a 150-year lease on Network Rail’s 5,261 rental spaces for £1.46 billion, becoming the…

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Eviction protection extended for businesses most in need until March 2022

Sorting out commercial rent debts will be key to enabling businesses to plan ahead with certainty and build back better from the pandemic. New rules to be established to ringfence COVID-19 commercial rent arrears and guide tenants and landlords to agree repayment plans. Measures to protect commercial tenants extended until new rules come into force….

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The Return of Large Events Across England

With COVID-19 restrictions easing, the return of all in-person events is closer than ever. However, security measures may need to be put in place at these events to counter anti-social behaviour, manage traffic and help with crowd controlling. On February 22nd, the government outlined the Spring Roadmap 2021, introduced as four steps to ease lockdown…

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Is Copper the New Gold?

Clearly, copper isn’t as valuable as gold, but its increase in value is catching the attention of thieves, resulting in stories of copper theft hitting the headlines. The world is shifting towards clean-energy solutions and several long-term trends are driving the need for more copper, including the demand for electric vehicles, the consumption of electronics,…

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Our comprehensive CCTV installation Checklist

Installing a commercial CCTV system for your business can be an excellent way to bolster security and ensure your staff, premises, and equipment remain under rigorous surveillance to prevent criminal activity. However, there are a few things you need to do to ensure you are compliant with data protection legislation in the UK. In this…

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How to Safely Reopen Your Business Premises (A Checklist)

Millions of British businesses have been closed for much of 2020. Whether working from home, limiting customer access, or being shut altogether, the roadmap to exit lockdown restrictions is excellent news that many companies are beginning to reopen their doors. However, it can be daunting to know which safety protocols you need to implement to…

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Disposing of Business waste – what are the rules?

Every business will produce trade waste of some kind, and it’s essential to understand the rules and responsibilities around safe disposal. Below, we summarise what you need to do and how to ensure your company is fully compliant with the UK business waste regulations. If in any doubt as to your obligations or whether you…

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The Battle Between Commercial Landlords and Business Owners

Landlords with multiple occupied properties have never had to consider what they need to do when their properties remain unoccupied for long periods, as they are likely to be now. Due to the pandemic, the majority of retail, hospitality and leisure businesses were closed, either in part or completely, during 2020 and the first quarter…

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The Impact of Fly-tipping Over Lockdown

Fly-tipping has always been a major issue and is not only extremely damaging to the environment and wildlife, but it also costs UK taxpayers. In 2019 more than a million incidents of fly-tipping were reported across the UK, costing tax-payers an estimated £60 million. Due to the closure of community household waste recycling centres, cases…

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How do CCTV Cameras work?

Closed-circuit television, CCTV, is a vital part of a modern security surveillance system and something commonly found on public transport, in offices, protecting businesses, and in retail spaces. However, have you ever wondered how it actually works? The concept is relatively simple. A camera records activity, streams it to a monitor, and then stores that…

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Can CCTV record audio?

There are two frequent questions the Clearway CCTV team answers, and they are: Can my CCTV system record sound? And, is it legal to capture audio through CCTV? Here we’ll run through the options available if you require an audio-equipped CCTV system and the factors to consider when deciding if this is the best option…

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Concrete Barrier Blocks Cost

The Clearway team is often asked about pricing for concrete barrier hire – but it’s challenging to calculate precise figures without running through all the variables. The great thing about concrete barriers is that they are hugely versatile, with multiple uses, sizes, construction configurations and lengths of hire, so we’ll explain how those factors impact…

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Commercial rental moratorium extended by three months

Property Week have reported that the government has announced that the ban on commercial evictions has been extended by three months until 30 June. These measures build on the government’s action to provide financial support as restrictions are lifted over the coming months – extending the furlough scheme, business rates holiday and the Universal Credit…

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Why is CCTV important for businesses?

There are a number of ways and reasons to use CCTV – but predominantly, it is a security measure adopted by businesses in the UK who wish to protect their assets, stock, equipment and premises from criminals. British business statistics show that, in the wholesale and retail sector, criminal theft and fraud impacts over 10…

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What is NVR in CCTV?

Installing a new CCTV system is a great decision. It’s an instant safeguard against theft and contributes to the protection of your properties from any number of potential risks and intrusions. However, there are lots of different recorders on the market. If you haven’t used CCTV before, it can be challenging to determine which type…

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COVID and commercial leases | What you need to know

What landlords and tenants need to know. How does COVID-19 impact commercial lease obligations? Given the potential adverse financial impact on tenants, a common question is whether tenants can refuse to pay rent, pay less rent and/or seek to terminate the lease prematurely. The starting point is to review the terms of the particular lease….

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How long should I keep CCTV footage for?

CCTV surveillance is a critical security precaution for many businesses, construction sites and private properties throughout the UK. Having signage and visible cameras can be a strong deterrent, and ensure your premises are protected from criminal activity – but how long should CCTV footage be stored for? It’s important to use CCTV responsibly. There are…

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The Effects of CCTV on Crime

One of the most common questions answered by the Clearway security team is; how much does CCTV reduce criminal activity? There have been numerous reports and controlled experiments that suggest that CCTV results in a significant decrease in crime, however, CCTV has a higher impact in some settings in comparison to others. We’ve summarised the…

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Forfeiture and Coronavirus – What can Landlords do?

The Coronavirus Act 2020 imposed a suspension on the forfeiture of most business tenancies – those to which Part 2 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 applies even if contracted out of the protection of that Act – on the grounds of non-payment of rent, which is defined as all sums due under a…

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The rules for CCTV for businesses in the UK – what are the requirements?

CCTV is a crucial asset in commercial security. It has multiple applications across many different business sectors from deterring break-ins to capturing high definition footage of suspicious activity. However, company managers do have a responsibility to adhere to UK laws around how they use CCTV. There are several essential considerations, from informing staff about live…

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What are the cost factors involved with CCTV?

CCTV is essential for many businesses, but the costs of installing a commercial surveillance system can vary significantly. Here we’ll explore the primary considerations that will dictate whether you need a simple installation or a more substantial investment for a full-scope CCTV system with the latest technological security applications. For this guide’s purposes, we’re going…

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CCTV Usage in the UK

CCTV surveillance is a vital security asset for many homes, businesses and public spaces throughout the UK.  It is used to streamline safety checks, protect properties when they are uninhabited, and monitor movements. We often think of CCTV as something you’d see at a bank or a retail park, and used to record potential criminal…

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What to look for in construction site CCTV cameras

CCTV cameras are a key part of a security strategy for any construction site. Vacant sites will always be a target for criminals, given the value of materials, tools, and commercial vehicles. Surveillance is one of the fastest, most cost-effective ways to defend a construction site from thefts and vandalism – whether planned or opportunist….

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Rent recovery what commercial landlords can do during COVID restrictions

In the COVID-19 world significant restraints have been placed on landlords’ ability to recover outstanding rents. We look here at what options landlords retain and what factors landlords should take account of as we approach the March quarter day. Current Restrictions include: The restrictions imposed during the Covid-19 crisis on landlords’ remedies for recovery of…

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Traffic Management on Construction Sites – What are your options?

Safely managing the flow of traffic and pedestrian areas on construction sites is vital for many reasons. Sites are typically inhabited by many types of vehicles including loads, cranes, HGV lorries and diggers – all of which have limited visibility, have moving parts and are specialist commercial work vehicles.  Depending on the nature of your…

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Supermarkets forced to create COVID-safe environments

As the Government considers the impact supermarket shopping, in particular, is having on the wider community because of the increased risk the environment presents, Ministers are likely to force supermarkets and major retail stores to ensure they have stricter processes in place to operate as COVID-safe environments. Retail stores around the UK will be forced…

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Tough times for property owners after lost ‘golden quarter’

This year, following the national lockdown in November and the strict tiering rules that effectively replicated the lockdown in many parts of the country forcing many retailers and hospitality businesses to close, that was emphatically not the case. On Monday, British Land reported that, for the December payment, it collected less than half the rent…

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Protecting Construction Sites Over Christmas

Over Christmas, when a construction site is vacant, the best gift a site manager or developer can receive is peace of mind that their valuable assets are safe, by having effective security systems and processes in place. The festive season typically sees construction sites closed and vacated for up to two weeks, giving thieves and…

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How effective are body temperature detection systems?

HOW DO BODY TEMPERATURE DETECTION CAMERAS WORK? Any object with a temperature above absolute zero will emit a detectable amount of thermal radiation as infrared. A thermal camera converts infrared radiation into grayscale values and matches those grayscale values, through an algorithm, to temperature values. These readings are overlaid onto live video and displayed on…

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Issa brothers – takeover offer for Nero cafés

Caffè Nero’s company voluntary arrangement was in doubt today after the coffee shop chain received a surprise takeover bid from the billionaire brothers who are acquiring Asda. Under the mooted takeover by Mohsin and Zuber Issa, landlords would be paid in full for the rent arrears built up by the chain during the pandemic, compared to 30p…

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Will Turnover Leases be the future?

Turnover leases have always comprised a small section of retail and leisure leases. Previously, however, they have generally been combined with an element of a base rent; a traditional 10-year lease, say, with a five-year break clause. These leases were very much geared in the landlord’s favour, guaranteeing a rental payment even if a store…

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What does the government say about COVID cleaning?

As 2020 comes to a close, it is challenging to try and quantify the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on UK businesses. From office blocks to construction sites, restaurants to retailers, the impact on every type of business is substantial. One of the critical controls to safeguard your workforce and protect your visitors is, of…

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How much does a security system cost?

One of the most common questions we’re asked with regards to security systems is ‘how much will a security system cost for my business?’ The difficulty in answering this is that it very much depends on the type of system you need, what services you require, and the risks that your business or property faces…

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Emergency Boarding Up Costs

When you have broken windows, damaged doors, or irreparable locks, time is the most crucial factor in preventing further damage. Leaving visible signs of illegal entry exposes your property to further intrusions, leaves assets vulnerable to theft and presents a building open to trespassers or squatters. Moving swiftly to board up your windows and doors…

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What will happen when the payment holidays end?

A report from the financial reporter has suggested that 60% of people will struggling to repay after payment holidays end in the UK following the Coronavirus Pandemic. Of the 3.7 million households in the UK granted a bill ‘payment holiday’, over 6 in 10 are already facing financial difficulties and will struggle to repay their…

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Commercial Landlords facing biggest crunch since 2008

THE TIMES REPORTS THAT REMOTE WORKING LEAVES OFFICE LANDLORDS FACING WORST CRUNCH SINCE 2008. In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic London office vacancy rates are forecast to hit their highest level since the financial crisis as companies look to shrink their headquarters and focus on remote working. The Times has reported that vacancies are…

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How are Sniffer Dogs and Security Dogs Trained?

There are a number of standards and accreditations, such as the National Association of Security Dog Users (NASDU) to regulate the usage of dogs in security environments.  Below, we take a look at the training that sniffer dogs and security dogs undergo before they’re free for use in the field. A female K-9 security professional with…

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What does the Met Police advise for protecting empty commercial premises?

As empty properties remain extremely vulnerable to illegal entry, theft and damage, the Metropolitan Police has released an 8 point safeguarding guide to help property owners better understand how to reduce the risks. Following this advice should help reduce cost, stress and time involved in dealing with a break-in. Overall, the advice boils down to…

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Energy Market Alert

Following weeks of increased volatility and news this week that British Gas will not be providing contracts for customers over 10GWhs, panic has been felt across the Energy Market with short term supply for Winter 22 still a concern. Markets have shot up with a record trading price of £900p/MWh being seen for November 22…

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How a Security Guard’s Role Has Changed Post-Pandemic

Throughout the UK, security guards are a familiar sight and provide vital services across public, commercial and residential facilities.  Along with significant changes to the ways we travel, live, shop and work, the Coronavirus crisis has also had an extraordinary impact on the role and demand for qualified security personnel. The roles of security guards…

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The best and worst sides of human nature

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”.  Dickens’ famous introduction to the Tale of Two Cities could eerily be describing Britain and the wider world in 2020, rather than only London and Paris in 1789. The country is in turmoil. We continue to see examples of incredible selflessness amongst our…

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How much do security guards cost to hire?

So how much does it cost to hire a security guard? The exact cost of a security guard hire service depends on a number of considerations, however, as an indication, the typical cost of a security guard in the UK can vary widely between £25 to £150 an hour. Some firms will charge hourly rates,…

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How Effective Are Body Temperature Detection Cameras for COVID-19?

Since the world began dealing with the effects of coronavirus on everyday life, there’s been a lot of hype from the media, manufacturers and suppliers about body temperature detection cameras for coronavirus detection. We’re all guilty, to some degree, because these systems can play a significant role in both conveying a sense of security and…

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‘Water, water everywhere but not a drop to drink’

Businesses such as large offices, dental practices, hairdressers, beauty salons, offices, pubs, gyms and hotels really need to take action before reopening their premises in order to avoid spreading the Legionella bacteria, says PHE. The guidance says there should be ‘regular flushing’ of water systems to stop bacterial growth, and premises should undertake a detailed…

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INTU administration

Even commercial landlords are struggling from the effects of COVID-19. Intu, the group owning a number of large shopping centres, including the Trafford Centre in Manchester, entered into administration at the end of June. Intu’s financial difficulties were documented long before COVID-19 (with £4.5m of debt last year) , but it is apparent that the…

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June Quarter Day Commercial Rent Arrears: UPDATE

Amendments to Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery (CRAR) that came into force 24 June until 30 September 2020. Here is what you need to know: Rent and service charges are often paid on the usual Quarter Days in advance. For example the rent due on 24th June is for the period from 24th June to 28th…

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Shoppers line streets as stores reopen

Are you a shop, large business or store owner and have recently opened your doors both the public and employees again?  With lockdown finally being lifted on consumers stores such as top high street brands, queues began snaking around some of Britain’s best-known stores this morning as shoppers sought to take advantage of discounted stock…

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Government confirms: Ban on evictions to be extended by 2 months

All evictions from social, private and commercial landlords save for trespass claims in England and Wales remain suspended until 23 August 2020. KEY POINTS Suspension of evictions from social or private rented accommodation extended by 2 months. New court rules will ensure vulnerable renters will be protected when the suspension of evictions ends. Government committed…

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Unlocking Lockdown – getting business back to normal

Wary, apprehensive, relieved, delighted, distressed, opposed… the views of both business and the public span the spectrum as the country emerges slowly from strange weeks of almost complete hibernation in one of the sunniest and warmest springs in memory and the driest on record. Key workers have obviously been keeping calm and carrying on magnificently…

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Landlords face a gaping hole in their finances

The Times have reported that it is likely that landlords are facing a gaping in hole in their finances when furlough comes to an end. Many buy-to-let landlords across the UK, including in London, have experienced average rents increased in the early months of 2020, with tenants paying £959 a month on average in March,…

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UK Government – Restructuring and Insolvency Law Reforms

On May 20, 2020, the UK Government published its much anticipated draft legislation (the Corporate Governance and Insolvency Bill) which aims to provide greater opportunities for company survival and better returns for creditors during and after the COVID-19 emergency. The Government intends to ask Parliament to expedite progress of the Bill. If enacted in its…

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Lockdown results in a massive increase in fly-tipping incidents

As lockdown forced many councils to close community household waste recycling centres, incidents of fly-tipping have seen a massive spike in numbers. Just one example, in Wigan, Greater Manchester, a 51% increase in fly-tipping was recorded during the lockdown. In 2019 there were more than a million reports of fly-tipping across the UK, costing UK…

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Government announces roadmap task-forces

The Government have announced that they are putting task-forces in place to plan how closed sectors can reopen safely. The report had advised that five new ministerial-led task-forces have been set up to develop plans for how and when closed sectors can reopen safely, following publication of the UK’s roadmap to rebuild Britain. Businesses and shops…

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Landlords facing 75% fall in retail rent

A report from The Times has suggested that one of Britain’s biggest landlords is preparing for rental payments from retailers to fall by as much as 75% in the next year as tenants default on their dues, due to the coronavirus pandemic. Land Securities has a national portfolio of shopping centres, offices and leisure complexes….

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5 Ways to protect your construction site during lockdown

There is an estimated loss of over £800 million in the UK construction industry from common crime including theft and vandalism every year. These figures are only from those cases that are reported, meaning numbers are most likely higher from unreported thefts and vandalism. The Chartered Institute of Building conducted a survey where 92% of…

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Business rates revaluation postponed

A REVALUATION OF BUSINESS RATES WILL NO LONGER TAKE PLACE IN 2021 TO HELP REDUCE UNCERTAINTY FOR FIRMS AFFECTED BY THE IMPACTS OF CORONAVIRUS. Communities Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP has announced that the revaluation of business rates will no longer take place in 2021 to help reduce uncertainty for firms affected by the…

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Ryanair: Recovery in air travel

An article in the Financial Times has reported that Ryanair will not return to flying if middle-seats must be kept empty. The low-cost airline have warned that it would not return too flying if the government insisted that planes leave their middle seat empty when travel restrictions are lifted following the coronavirus pandemic in the United…

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Over 500,000+ UK Companies in Financial Distress

A recent survey from redflaghalert has suggest that there has been a significant increase in businesses experiencing critical distress; 2,289 companies are now in this category. Between Q4 2019 and Q1 2020, the increases in certain sectors have been dramatic: Bars and restaurants: +37% Real estate and property: +21% Construction: +11% Retail: +8% Manufacturing: +8%…

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Travelling caravans and illegal encampments – not in my back yard

With so many unused car parks, pubs, retail sites and abandoned areas of open land, the incidents of illegal encampments continue to grow across the UK. Since the country has been in lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak, a rise in the number of unauthorised sites, particularly on authority-owned land, has been reported. As many…

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Key services available from Clearway under COVID-19

During this time of unprecedented disruption, Clearway remain available to act across both debt and property service requirements. Below is a quick summary of where we can provide support and guidance. COMMERCIAL RENT ARREARS RECOVERY (CRAR) Can I instruct Clearway? Yes Clearway Comment On 23/4 the government announced they will be introducing new legislation to…

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A detailed picture of COVID-19’s affect on rent collection

According to a recent survey by Remit Consulting, reported exclusively by Property Week, less than half the rent due on March quarter day was paid on the day. Just 48% of rent due was paid on March quarter day in comparison to last year’s 79%, increasing to 57% seven days later versus 90% in March…

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Coronavirus lockdown sees huge rise in fly-tipping across UK

An ITV report has found that there has been a huge spike in fly-tipping in some parts of the UK during the coronavirus lockdown. The Countryside Alliance reports a 300% rise in fly-tipping in some areas after local authorities closed recycling centres amid the Covid-19 crisis leaving people taking this time to clear out unwanted items and having nowhere…

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Clearway Coronavirus Plan

WE KNOW THAT OUR CLIENTS WILL BE CONCERNED ABOUT THE SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) AND HOW THIS WILL IMPACT ON UK BUSINESSES. Start the process today with our experienced Recovery Account Managers provide industry leading advice to landlords and property agents across the UK. For example, we are aware that the press is reporting that…

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Body Temperature Detection System

With Coronavirus spreading like wildfire, how do you test large numbers of people for heightened body temperature as an indicator of the likelihood of infection?  Businesses are creaking under the strain of unprecedented restrictions on the movement of people since Coronavirus changed everything about the way we live and work. However, many companies and organisations…

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Burglars target shops and pubs in ghost town centres

Your options for protecting void and vacant properties. One of the unfortunate consequences of the current COVID-19 outbreak is that, either due to commercial realities or instruction from the government, many companies have had to permanently or temporarily close their doors to business. This creates even more potential headaches for both business owners and landlords…

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March Quarter Rents Action Alert

A RAPIDLY DECLINING OUTLOOK More than half a million UK companies were in financial distress before the coronavirus crisis began. Distressed companies increased 3% to 506,946 in the first quarter of this year, according to figures from Begbies Taylor. The property sector is most at risk of insolvency, with a 15% year-on-year increase. Sports and…

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Commercial Rents March Quarter Day: Business As Usual?

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO? Though we are in unprecedented times and many businesses are likely to suffer significant financial pressures in the short term whilst the government rolls out its planned support measures, we are all faced with trying to maintain normality as best we can in the circumstances. We might reasonably expect that by…

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Commercial Rent Arrears

In these unprecedented and challenging times the health and wellbeing of us all is rightly everyone’s key concern. However, set against this is the inevitable need to maintain a level of commercial focus and plot a way through the various pieces of guidance that are currently being issued and, in some cases, creating a level…

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Metal Theft – what you don’t know

The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 was meant to solve the widespread problem of metal theft from buildings. For a while, it did. Now metal theft is massively on the increase again. Metal thieves have caused misery to property owners whether it’s through stolen lead from roofs, stolen railway cable causing delays and cancellations, or…

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What is the Tort (Interference with Goods) Act 1977?

Landlords must act in accordance with the Tort (Interference with Goods) Act 1977 when dealing with any goods left behind by tenants. Any landlords that dispose of or sell goods left behind by a tenant without following the correct procedure as laid out by the Tort Act 1977 could find themselves liable for damages. As…

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Clearway Sponsors Westerham Under 7s Football Club

We are delighted to have been given the opportunity to provide two complete new sets of kit for Westerham JFC under 7s Wolves. Being able to support the club’s excellent work was too good an opportunity to pass up and we are very happy to be involved. Myself, Gary and everyone else at Westerham JFC,…

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What is forfeiture of lease by peaceable re-entry?

IF a COMMERCIAL TENANT STOPS PAYING RENT, THEN YOU MAY BE ABLE TO FORFEIT THEIR LEASE BY PEACEABLE RE-ENTRY. Commercial tenants who stop paying rent can cost landlords dearly if not dealt with swiftly and efficiently. A landlord’s right to re-enter a commercial property and forfeit the lease offers them some security as it allows…

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What are tenant trace investigations?

If your tenant has vanished into thin air whilst still owing rent, then a trace investigation may be able to help to locate them. A disappearing tenant can cause a landlord all kinds of problems. Not only can it leave the landlord faced with outstanding debts, the tenant is also still the legal occupant of…

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How to handle a service charge dispute

Service charge disputes can be costly and time-consuming if not handled efficiently. Landlords have a responsibility to maintain the condition of all their residential and commercial properties. They may be able to recoup some of the costs of doing so by issuing tenants with service charges. There are however several rules and regulations surrounding what…

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What is bad debt mediation?

Before taking a debtor to court over an outstanding payment, you may wish to consider bad debt mediation. Businesses that struggle to collect payments from their debtors can find themselves at risk of running into serious financial difficulties. Unfortunately, in today’s uncertain financial climate, many businesses are finding themselves facing cash flow problems due to…

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SMEs waited double as long to be paid in 2019 compared to 2018

SMEs were left waiting up to 23 days longer than agreed for invoices to be paid in 2019, compared to just 12 days later in 2018, according to a report by MarketFinance Insights. The UK’s small businesses are being put under huge financial strain as debtors leave them waiting longer and longer for invoices to…

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Is the debt owed to you substantial enough to take to court?

When deciding what action to take against a non-paying customer, it’s important to consider the size of the debt. Late payments and bad debts cause headaches for businesses of all shapes and sizes. As well as being time-consuming and frustrating to chase, late and non-paying customers can also cause businesses serious cash flow problems. If…

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Why Universal Credit claimants are likely to fall into rent arrears?

Studies have found that universal credit is still causing many tenants to fall into rent arrears. According to the Independent, if your tenant claims universal credit, they are six times more likely to fall into arrears with their rent than other benefit claimants. Research by the Residential Landlords Association also found that 54% of landlords had…

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Signs of insolvency: Is your commercial tenant is heading for insolvency?

Landlords must be able to recognise the signs that a commercial tenant is in financial distress to help them to minimise their losses. The number of UK companies going into administration hit a five year peak. There’s no doubt that businesses of all shapes and sizes are currently going through turbulent and uncertain economic times….

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How to secure your rental property over Christmas

Landlords should up security at their rental property over the festive season to prevent crime from ruining Christmas. Over Christmas you may find that your rental property is left standing empty more frequently than usual whilst tenants take festive trips away and visit family and friends. Crime rates tend to peak around Christmas, making it…

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Can a landlord enter a property that is under lease?

Many landlords mistakenly believe that because they own a property, they have a right to enter it as and when they wish. To avoid breaking the law, landlords should not enter a property that they are renting out without the express permission of their tenant. Although the landlord owns the property, whilst the tenant is…

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How to dispose of your business’ electrical waste

Technology develops at a rapid pace and businesses are continually required to upgrade their electrical equipment. Using modern technology can help your business to become more efficient and keep up with competitors. But once you’ve upgraded your phones, desktop computers or other electrical equipment, what do you do with the old ones? Rather than leaving…

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What to do if a tenant abandons a property

If your tenant vanishes into thin air before their tenancy has ended, it’s important to handle the situation with care. When a tenant mysteriously disappears, it can leave the landlord in a tricky situation. Whilst it may seem obvious that they have upped sticks and left, how can you be certain that they will not…

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Tips for preparing your rental property for the winter

Before the cold weather really kicks in, tick off these simple maintenance tasks to ensure that your rental property can take on whatever this winter throws at it. Taking the time to prepare your rental property for bad weather can help to protect it from damage and keep your tenants warm and comfortable this winter….

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What costs can be deducted from a tenant’s deposit?

The Tenancy Deposit Protection scheme provides some financial security to landlords. The Tenancy Deposit Protection scheme allows landlords to take a deposit from tenants when they first move into a property and store it securely. This deposit then acts as a security measure to deter tenants from causing damage to a property and provide landlords…

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How to secure your warehouse

Warehouses can be large and sprawling buildings, often in remote or isolated locations, making them particularly vulnerable to crime. Securing your warehouse can seem like a daunting task, but when it’s bursting with valuable stock, can you afford not to? The level of security suitable for your warehouse will depend on a variety of factors…

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How is the retail crisis affecting commercial landlords?

Landlords are feeling the effects of the retail crisis as shops close and retailers demand cheaper rent. According to analysis by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and the Local Data Company (LDC), during the first half of 2019, 16 stores closed their doors every day, with only 9 new ones opening. This has resulted in a net decline…

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How to deal with tenants that aren’t keeping your property clean

Whilst it isn’t unreasonable to expect your tenants to keep your commercial property clean, asking your tenant to clean the space they’re renting isn’t a legally enforceable request. For the duration that a tenant occupies your property, it is their property, and they are entitled to manage the cleaning of the property in any way…

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Tips for preventing pest problems in your rental property

Pest invasions are not only unpleasant and unhygienic for tenants; they can also cause considerable damage to your property. As a landlord, it is your responsibility to ensure that your rental property remains in a safe and habitable condition. However, when you don’t live in the property yourself, you are at risk of missing the…

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And another two bite the dust….

Some say it was simply a matter of time. Household name and chemist to the nation for decades, Boots, recently joined the growing list of high street stalwarts like Marks & Spencer, House of Fraser, Barclays Bank and countless others who are shrinking their estates, by announcing the closure of around 200 Boots stores, mostly…

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Evicting a problem tenant costs landlords an average of £31,000

Research by leading London letting agent Benham and Reeves has found that, on average, it costs landlords over £31,000 to evict a rogue tenant. Falling victim of unscrupulous tenants can be a landlord’s worst nightmare. Dealing with the situation is not only time-consuming and stressful, it can also end up costing thousands of pounds. Leading…

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Concrete barriers and reflective signs

Concrete barriers are usually installed to prevent vehicle access onto; a vacant site, a closed road, or at site entrances to help prevent fly-tipping. Sometimes vacant sites and closed roads mean the area is poorly/low lit and this can be a concern for public safety. Concrete blocks, pavements and roads all blend into one colour…

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Is your tenant is illegally subletting your property?

WHAT TO DO NEXT Unless you have stated in your tenancy agreement that your tenant may sublet all or part of the property, subletting without your permission is against the law. There are many reasons why a landlord may not want their tenants to sublet. When a tenant sublets the landlord loses control over who…

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Tell-tale signs that your tenant is subletting your property

Illegal subletting can cause landlords serious problems, so it’s important to know what tell-tale signs to look out for. Unlawful subletting can void your insurance and result in overcrowding, complaints, and damage to your property. If your tenant is subletting all or parts of your property without your agreement, then they are breaking the law…

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Landlords increase rent in response to tenant fees ban

Since the Tenants Fees Act was introduced, many landlords have increased the price of rent to recoup their losses. The new Tenants Fees Act came into effect on 1 June 2019, preventing landlords from charging up-front admin fees and end of tenancy fees. Landlords found to be breaching the new law could be fined £5,000…

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What to do if your tenant loses their job

Losing their job is one of the commonest reasons that tenants fall into arrears with their rent. Whilst some tenants may be upfront about losing their job, in many cases the landlord will not be aware that there is a problem until the first missed rent payment. In some cases, tenants may have cash in…

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What is the Tenant Fees Act?

The new Tenant Fees Act 2019 was bought into effect on 1 June 2019 to prevent landlords and agents from charging private tenants excessive letting fees. It has been reported that the Tenant Fees Act will save UK renters £192 million a year but could cost landlords up to £83 million and letting agents £157…

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Landlords and Service Charges

How can landlords ensure that service charges are fair and ‘reasonably incurred’? Landlords should protect themselves from service charge disputes by using the tips and advice in this blog to ensure that their requests are fair and ‘reasonably incurred’. When tenants fall into arrears with their service charge payments it is often because they are…

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Tips for maintaining a landlord/tenant relationship

Clear and effective communication is key to maintaining good relationships with tenants to avoid disputes and rent arears. They say that communication is key to a good relationship, and this is certainly true for landlord/tenant relationships. Learning to communicate information effectively, clearly and professionally with tenants helps to prevent problems occurring and mistakes being made….

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How vacant property inspections could save you money

Vacant properties are at risk of being broken into by intruders and falling into disrepair due to problems going unnoticed. If a property you own becomes empty and you don’t live close by you may find it difficult to keep any eye on it. Using a professional property inspection service is an invaluable way of…

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How to make your vacant property appear occupied

Use the tips in this blog to reduce the risk of your vacant property being targeted by intruders. If your property becomes vacant it is at risk of falling victim to petty criminals, vandals, and squatters. Taking a few simple measures can help to disguise the fact that your property is empty and protect it…

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Government set to end no-fault section 21 evictions

The government have announced plans to end Section 21 no-fault evictions, meaning landlords will no longer be able to evict tenants at short-notice without good reason. Under current laws, landlords can use Section 21 to evict tenants from their property with as little as two months’ notice once their fixed-term tenancy period has ended. What…

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Avoid making these common service charge errors

Landlords should take care to avoid these common service charge errors to prevent non-payment and disputes with leaseholders. If you want to avoid time-consuming disputes it’s important to ensure that you are issuing service charge demands that are fair, ‘reasonably incurred’, legally recoverable and good value for money. Here are five common mistakes that landlords…

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CCTV & GDPR one year on

In a recent investigation we revealed alarming levels of non-compliance with the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which came into force on 25 May 2018, specifically where the use of CCTV is concerned. The reasons for this worrying discovery were multiple, but appeared mainly to be because the management responsible hadn’t bothered to read…

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What are the benefits of static CCTV towers?

Static CCTV towers offer a convenient and cost-effective way of providing temporary sites with round the clock surveillance to deter criminals. Static CCTV towers can either be used alone or alongside security guards to provide reliable surveillance of many different types of outdoor site. Quick and convenient to set up and use, CCTV towers are…

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Bespoke Security Solutions… because each client’s need is different

Security is a factor in everyone’s lives these days, even if people don’t realise or think about it.  Planters outside important buildings often aren’t simple containers for flower arrangements, they’re reinforced concrete barriers to stop ram raids and suicide bombs, and CCTV surrounds us everywhere, inside and out. With bodycams and dashcams, number plate and…

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Steps to take after a burglary at your business

Discovering that your business has been burgled is very distressing, make sure that you know how to handle the situation safely and efficiently. If you discover that your commercial property has been broken into, take the following five steps to safely report the burglary, start your insurance claim, and minimise disruption to your business. Don’t…

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How to reduce the risk of squatters moving into your vacant property

Landlords can save themselves time, money and hassle by taking measures to protect their vacant properties from squatters. Finding that squatters have moved into a vacant property is a common but worrying problem for landlords. Whilst squatting is not illegal, many squatters break the law by damaging the property to gain entry. Dealing with squatters…

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How to deter criminals from breaking into your commercial property

Leaving your commercial property vulnerable to a break-in puts you, your employees, and your business’ assets at risk. Security should always be a priority for every business owner. If you’re not proactively preparing your business for a break-in then your business is in a precarious position. Most burglars are opportunists, so a lot of crime…

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Preventing Construction Site Theft: Don’t be one of the 1 in 5

In October 2018 the Federation of Master Builders reported that tool theft was at an all-time high and FMB CEO, Brian Berry, said: “More than half of builders in the UK have fallen foul of tool theft with concerns growing over a crime wave wreaking havoc across the construction industry. Tools are being stolen from vans…

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Why perform a corporate credit risk report on new clients?

Corporate credit risk reports help landlords to avoid high risk tenants and monitor the financial performance of existing tenants to mitigate financial loss. Late and non-paying customers can have a devastating effect on your business’ cash flow, and poor cash flow is one of the leading reasons businesses go bust. Performing a corporate credit risk…

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Signs your business could benefit from a security guard

Security guard services are valuable for protecting your business from both internal and external threats to mitigate financial loss and improve safety. Unsure whether your business requires a security guard? Here are five signs your business could benefit from one. Often the presence of a security guard is enough of a deterrent to prevent criminal…

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Clearway’s cleaning of Hammersmith Bridge reveals dangerous structural damage

On 11th April 2019, Hammersmith bridge, opened in 1887, was closed indefinitely as engineers found cracks in the structure that have raised serious safety issues. Prior to this decision, Clearway were called in to provide specialist cleaning services to remove years of caked-on, hardened pigeon guano (droppings), to enable engineers to assess the bridge’s structure….

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Evicting travellers from commercial land using a Writ of Possession

If attempts to remove travellers from your land using common law have been unsuccessful, then you will need to obtain a writ of possession. Although most travellers can be removed from private land under common law, there are some circumstances that may require help from the court. If the situation is complicated or there is…

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Do you suspect your tenant is dealing drugs on your property

If you have suspicions that your commercial property is being used to deal with or grow illegal drugs, you have a responsibility to act but should proceed with caution. If a property manager discovers that your commercial property is being used for illegal activities of any kind can be alarming. Not only could it result…

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The rubbish problem around us…

Fly-tipping is a scourge on any landscape, in the countryside, our city streets or any likely property with a bit of space, especially if it is vacant. Unfortunately, this blight is on the rise as cash-strapped councils, desperate to save money, increase the cost of bulk waste removal services and cowboy operators seek to avoid…

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Warning signs your tenant may be involved in illegal drugs

Landlords have a responsibility to educate themselves in the warning signs that a tenant may be using or dealing drugs on their property. Finding out that a tenant is growing, cooking, dealing or taking drugs on your property is every landlord’s worst nightmare. And unfortunately, it’s something that it’s impossible to completely guard yourself against….

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Top reasons service charge arrears occur

Getting to the bottom of why your leaseholder is in service charge arrears can help you to decide on the best course of action. If you’re a landlord or property management company, receiving your service charge payments on time is important to your cash flow. And retaining good cash flow is essential, as problems with…

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Closed retail store becomes dumping ground to squatters

When a retail park-size store closes-down it immediately presents an opportunity for the premises to be illegally occupied and even for the property to be squatted. Not only does this carry the stress of arranging court enforcement eviction for squatters but also the high cost associated with the damage and mess and health risks left…

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Worst hit areas for Japanese Knotweed revealed

Japanese knotweed is one of the most invasive and destructive plants in the UK. The extremely aggressive plant can grow up to four inches a day in the summer and the plant’s roots can spread so far underground finding its way into existing cracks in concrete, pathways and walls or it finds its way into…

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Keeping your tools and construction site secure

According to the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) one in five tradespeople experience theft and vandalism every single week, with many crimes not being reported so the figures are undoubtedly conservative. It paints an extremely concerning picture, especially as insurers Allianz Cornhill reckon that theft alone is estimated to cost the UK construction industry more than a…

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Homebase store secured

In August 2018, the DIY chain, Homebase, announced it was closing 42 stores across the country by the Spring of 2019 and that a further 70 stores were under on-going review pending negotiations with the stores’ landlords. Homebase stores are invariably on retail parks and their out-of-town centre sites makes keeping the vacant buildings secure…

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Keyless doors: What every keyholder wants

Being a keyholder is a pain. You always seem to be called out at the most inconvenient time but someone has to control out of hours entry and access to or within buildings, or when a property is otherwise vacant and needs to be kept secure. Of course there’s nothing like a good, solid security…

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You’ll never take a night bus again….

Have you been watching the latest series of #Luther? And last week it was reported there were 132 murders in London in 2018, a 10 year high, and the City overtook New York for the first time in the number of homicides. There was a 12% rise across the UK (excluding the London and Manchester…

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What Happens If My Property Ends Up A Crime Scene?

The last thing on the minds of most landlords is the possibility of their property becoming a crime scene. But it can and does happen and not everything will fall within the responsibility of police and emergency services if a serious crime has been committed in your property.   Obviously when it comes to the victims…

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A few Christmas thoughts from Santa…

Ho ho ho!! Greetings one and all… Have you all been busy and diligent property people this year and got your vacant buildings secured against trespassers and the inclement weather coming your way? Of course I know all about inclement weather up in my home at the North Pole so I can tell you what…

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How Long Does It Take to Remove Squatters?

There is an enduring myth that removing squatters is a long painful and expensive process. This isn’t necessarily true and if you use a specialist eviction services company you can outsource the problem rather than have it take a toll on your time and possibly your health too.   The main thing to remember about squatters…

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Weather warning issued: Winter to be the coldest on record for UK

With warnings that the coldest winter on record is approaching, and temperatures are set to plummet as icy winds head over from Scandinavia bringing snow, heavy rain and sleet to the UK, the Met Office, via Twitter, is advising the UK to be “weather ready”. Even occupied buildings need insulated pipes to continue providing heat…

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Are you a member of the construction industry 1 in 5 club?

Even more concerning…. are you one of the 92%?  What are we talking about? Building site theft and vandalism on a shocking scale, even arson. Intimidation and threats to on-site workers. Criminal gang activity with the supply of illegal labour. Drug dealing and drug usage. Illegal land occupation. Anti-social behaviour and graffiti.  Dumping of illegal…

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SAFE IN OUR HANDS…

Abiding by the law, complying with regulations and following the highest professional standards of working practice… and belonging to the accredited trade and professional bodies and associations who expect all this from their members, may sound dull and boring bureaucracy. It may also seem irrelevant to some in today’s entrepreneurial and fast moving business culture…

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Police Chiefs warn that illegal raves are a growing problem

An investigation found that in 2016 there were 628 reports of unlicensed music events across England and Wales. The following year 682 events were reported, an increase of 9%. Many others are very likely to go unreported. Of the reported illegal raves, 133 were from the Metropolitan Police, in London, nearly double the previous year….

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Caught in the act by Clearway inView CCTV Tower

A commercial estate in Oxfordshire was hit by thieves on more than one occasion and a lot of valuable IT equipment was taken. Despite having made previous visits we were confident the intruders would come back again so, rather than just deter the thieves, the owner wanted to catch them in the act. The Clearway…

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Are you invited?

The worst Halloween party of all time might be happening in your empty property, and you’re not invited. If you think an impromptu Halloween rave in an empty property is scary, imagine the damage squatters, vandals and thieves will do! According to Aviva, “Halloween is the worst day of the year for vandalism with claims…

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Gideon Reichental comments on how fly-tipping is costing thousands

Fly-tipping costing security industry thousands in clean up and insurance claims The illegal dumping of waste by criminal gangs is costing the security industry thousands of pounds in fly-tipping removal costs and insurance claims, according to the British Security Industry Association (BSIA). Fly-tipping is a growing issue which can end up costing thousands and in…

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Why Landlords Should Take Care When Communicating With Tenants

If you become a landlord you are effectively running a business and you tenants are your customers. Most business experts will tell you that good communication is important when dealing with any of your customers and the same is true when it comes to tenants but there are certain ways to go about communicating with…

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Securing buildings for public safety

Curious children tend to wander onto derelict building sites unaware of the dangers that could face them. In 2017, there were two very sad cases of children dying as a result of playing in buildings that were left unprotected. The responsibility for protecting the public against the potential risks of a vacant property lies entirely…

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Bespoke security solutions for ex-Toys R Us sites

Toys R Us closed its doors early in 2018 following a challenging period on the high street, leaving a number of large, prominently placed retail units in town and city locations across the UK. With large store footprints including loading bays and extensive car parking, the primary security concern was preventing vandalism, illegal occupation and…

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Protecting vulnerable buildings from metal theft

Over a single night in August, thieves hit an industrial site in Livingston, Scotland, forcing entry and stealing a vast amount of high-value metal equipment, such as I-beams, tower bracing bars and anti-climb equipment, valued at around £300,000. A Detective from Livingston CID said: “We believe whoever was responsible for this theft will look to…

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Clearway and the Metropolitan Police working together since 2005

Clearway has provided a range of security and specialist services to the Metropolitan Police for over 13 years, and is delighted to announce that we have again won the Crime Scene Cleaning & Security Specialist contract after a competitive tender process run earlier this year. Jon Harwood, National Key Account Manager at Clearway, said; “The continued…

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Fly-tippers caught on CCTV

Illegal fly-tipping remains a major issue for councils and private land-owners across the UK, and those responsible will go to any lengths to avoid paying for waste removal services. They will dispose of their unwanted rubbish and possibly hazardous waste, despite the risk of being caught on CCTV. Recently a CCTV installation company in West…

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Clearway Group Acquires Cerberus Security

Our parent company, The Clearway Group, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Cerberus Security. We are delighted to welcome them as the newest member of the group. Monitoring from a former ex MOD secret nuclear bunker, Cerberus Security operates one of the UK’s few NSI Gold Cat ll Alarm Receiving Centres, providing professional 24/7…

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Pensioner fined for fly-tipping – even though he didn’t do it!

High Wycombe Magistrates Court found a pensioner guilty on May 18th for knowing a woman who was filmed illegally dumping waste in Burnham. The pensioner, who stated he was strongly against fly-tipping, said a friend used his car without his permission but refused to identify her after she was filmed fly-tipping. By not revealing the…

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Clearway Sponsors Men of the Match

Willis Towers Watson hosted their annual football match where professionals within the Insolvency and Receivership industry had the opportunity to play on the premier league pitch at Crystal Palace football club. The game was held on the 17th May and kicked off at 12:45pm. With Team Purple being managed by Adam Humphreys and Team White…

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Landlord’s Right To Renovate In Commercial Property Leases

Commercial properties particularly those under heavy use will require their fair share of maintenance and renovation work over a period of time, but what is and what isn’t permissible work when a tenant is occupying the property?   Things can go against the landlord if they are seen to be acting unreasonably by a court while…

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Should You Use Rent Incentives?

On high streets up and down the UK shops are standing empty as are business units in areas where demand is low. So how do you attract new tenants to sign up in a tough market? The answer can be to use incentives to make renting your premises more appealing.   One thing is certain and…

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14 men, 12 hours a day, 5 days, 8 floors up and 171 tons of earth

A block of flats, in south London, required immediate attention when water started leaking from the roof into a tenant’s property. Unusually the property had a roof garden, and when it rained water-laid in soil would sit above the flats and it started to leak through. The original plan was to move the plants and…

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Not all donuts are good

Anti-social behaviour is a common problem for property managers and business owners and takes many forms including the after effects of joy-riders. Empty car parks are frequently occupied by gangs of ‘boy racers’ who will find any available space to prove their prowess and leave their mark with revving engines and screeching tyres. This is…

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Guide To Side Letters

Side letters are often used in commercial property to grant certain concessions to tenants when certain aspects of a lease such as clauses or rent need to be adjusted. Even though the use of a side letter is common in these cases, it may not provide sufficient protection for landlords if a tenant decides to…

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Buying a new property? Be careful of Japanese knotweed

Experts have warned; buyers of new build properties are at risk to Japanese knotweed due to a legal loophole. Property owners wishing to sell their property are required to complete a TA6 property form, which declares whether the property or garden is, or has been, affected by the Japanese knotweed. In 2013, this form was…

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Gideon Reichental features in RICS Property Journal

Many asset owners will already be aware of the devastating effects that vandalism and arson can have on a business as it is expensive and time-consuming to deal with these. Deterring such crimes is difficult, however, as most vandalism, including graffiti and arson, occurs at night and on weekends when sites or properties are vacant….

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Clearway protects Canterbury Archaeological Trust after break-in

Canterbury Archaeological Trust has been left devastated after a series of break-ins occurred in one week at the end of January when around 1,500 items of priceless archaeological artifacts were stolen. The thieves also ransacked the educational loans collection, disturbing 90% of the 200 boxes, stealing replica metal axes, pins, coins and other items including…

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Government crackdown on fly-tipping

Clearway has attended some of the worst areas for fly-tipping whilst working for KCC. Last year, in Kent, there were around 19,938 incidents of fly-tipping, costing the taxpayer a total of £1,308,284 for removal of fly-tipped waste. Medway was noted as being one of the worst areas for fly-tipping in the South East. It had…

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3 Common Ways Leases Can Be Terminated

Understanding lease terminations, notice periods, and tenancy agreements is important in either residential or commercial property, as unlawful evictions or non-payment of rent could lead to a legal dispute. Particularly in commercial rentals, many businesses assume that they can end the tenancy at any point of their choosing, and a landlord may have a similar…

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Property owners must be extra vigilant this Christmas

Warning to all Property Owners: Your empty property is at risk! Make sure you keep your vacant properties protected over the holidays as Christmas is a prime time for squatters and metal thieves to make their move. As the cost of metal rises so do cases of theft. Typically, burglaries and theft increase by 13% during…

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Three men caught on dash-cam fly-tipping

Three men were caught on camera dumping a fridge, an old ironing board and many other items on the side of a country lane. Ms Gordon, a lady who was driving along the country lane, was forced to stop because a van was blocking her way whilst three men had stopped to remove their waste…

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Commercial Rent – What Are Quarter Days?

Commercial rent has a long history and this often throws up some unusual terms you might not have heard of such as ‘quarter days’. So if you are new to the world of commercial renting, here is a brief explanation of what the term means.   Quarter days have been in used in connection with commercial…

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Clearway CCTV towers keep an eye on Amazon distribution centre

Amazon needed a high-tech deterrent to help prevent potential intrusion and anti-social behaviour in the public road used to access their distribution centre. Clearway’s solution was to install two site CCTV towers with cameras facing the entrance and exit of the multi-story car park where anti-social behaviour is common. Read more about retail CCTV solutions….

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Alternative Options to Recover Rent Arrears if you can’t use CRAR

CRAR is one of the most effective ways to recover commercial property rent arrears, however, strict rules are in place that are not always easy to comply without giving your tenant some wriggle room.   Fortunately there are some alternative ways to recover rent arrears you can use to cover your losses or even gain the…

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One in ten homes in Cornwall is left empty

A new report has revealed that there are almost 30,000 homes left empty in Cornwall. One in ten homes is left vacant, this is 11.2% of the housing stock in the county. This will alarm the thousands of people of who are on housing waiting lists in Cornwall. Anti-social behaviour,  vandalism or neglect often turn…

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Another deep clean and another glowing testimonial

Living alone and with mental health issues, it’s no wonder this tenant’s living conditions were left to deteriorate. The tenant who has lived in the property for 2 years suffers with a lighter fuel addiction which results in temporary loss-of body control and functions. As a result, the property was covered in rubbish, food, faeces…

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Allowing Leaseholders To Pay Service Charges By Instalments

There may be times where a leaseholder is struggling financially and they find themselves unable to continue paying their service charge in full each month. In these cases managing agents or directors will allow those leaseholders to pay by instalments. The question is, is this a good idea?   In some cases, the financial difficulties that…

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Why Commercial Landlords Should Avoid Making Unreasonable Demands

If a landlord makes demands on their commercial tenants then those demands must be reasonable if they need to defend a case in court.   In the commercial property sector, the circumstances of tenants can change a lot over time. If say a business has a lease on a particular unit then they may wish to…

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300 million odour receptors can’t be wrong

A request for us to provide a drug-detection dog unit demonstrates how no two days are the same at Clearway. Our client, a college, requested the sniffer dog to scout-out both the site and pupils in search of illegal substances and, in a single six-hour session, the dog found 15 separate indications of drugs on site….

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Empty hotel burns again

Former Shedden Hall hotel, home to squatters and drug users, burns again. On the 26th September 2017 more than a dozen firefighters were called to battle another blaze at the former Shedden Hall hotel, Torquay. The hotel has been vacant for several years and is now a well-known squat and drug den. An investigation is…

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Clearway Newsletter and the rest of the world

Vacant properties are not confined only to the UK and the many problems associated with them are the same everywhere. Illegal occupation, vandalism, theft and wilful damage occur everywhere the temptation of an empty property exists. As the number of vacant properties continues to grow, so does Clearway and the news of our range of…

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Thousands of pounds worth of Lead stolen from Shrewsbury Church

St Mary’s church, Shrewsbury, was hit by thieves twice in the space of 4 months during 2017. First in July, when 250ft² of lead was stolen from the roof of the church and again in September, 150ft². The historic fabric of the building was damaged and, in both cases, Battlesfield Cafe had to close while…

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Clearway Supports Oasis Academy

Oasis Academy Shirley Park’s Long Lane campus have been appealing for supporters to help raise money for the nursery’s new play area. The old play area left the children bringing muck into the classroom constantly. Clearway kindly lent a hand by sending some operatives to the nursery to assist with the clearance and clean-up of…

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It may be Britain’s Cheapest house … but it still needs securing

Clearway have recently secured the cheapest house in Britain which is available to buy for just £5,000. The two bedroom semi-detached house is based in the north east, in an area that suffers from a very high crime rate and has had its fair share of arson, fly-tipping and anti-social behavior. The property is missing its…

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Clearway helps Calabar Alumni and Friends UK

Clearway bikes finally find a home! The Calabar School in Jamaica is an all boys school, that ensures the best possible outcome for all their students through efficient use of resources. The core of garnering support for the high school is the Calabar Alumni and Friends Association UK, a not-for-profit organisation, set up by ex…

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You may be closer to Japanese Knotweed than you think…

Japanese knotweed is one of the most invasive and destructive plants in the UK. Originally brought over here in the nineteenth century, it was imported to Britain to help hide, or possibly even stabilise, railway embankments. Japanese knotweed can crack tarmac, block drains, undermine foundations and invade homes. It’s presence can cut a property’s value…

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Typical Late Payment Excuses and How To Deal With Them

Late payment excuses, most business owners have had them but should you give your customer the benefit of the doubt or have a strategy in place to deal with them? In our experience it should be the latter which is why we have put together this mini guide to how to deal with the typical…

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Gideon Reichental re-elected as BSIA Chairman of Vacant Property Protection

For the third consecutive year, Gideon Reichental, Commercial Sales Manager at Clearway Services, has been elected as BSIA Chairman of Vacant Property Protection. As the landscape of property security has changed so has the need to provide a wider, more sophisticated range of security solutions, tailored to individual properties. The Vacant Property Protection section of…

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A sad case of being unable to cope

When a local authority tenant was found to be living in squalid conditions, Clearway was called in at very short notice to clean an entire house from top to bottom. Extreme cleaning and hazardous waste removal on this scale requires a strong constitution, an unwavering commitment, attention to detail and dedication to carrying-out the absolute…

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Advice On Service Charge Arrears When a Property is Sold

With the explosion in the number of leasehold properties around the country in recent decades, service charge arrears problems has increased. Knowing how and what to do to pursue debts from former owners is crucial for property management companies and fellow leaseholders if the property is part of a block of apartments. In the vast…

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School’s out for Summer!

Summer is finally here and school holidays are upon us but what does that mean for schools? The school will be empty for six to eight weeks It will be vulnerable to unwanted intruders and squatters Unprotected against thieves stealing computer equipment Unguarded from vandals breaking in and covering the school corridors in graffiti This…

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What Does Forfeiture of a Lease Mean?

Most people who buy flats will enter into some form of leasehold agreement with a freeholder of a development which normally includes a requirement to pay service charges, ground rent. In an ideal world all leaseholders in a block of apartments will pay their ground rents and service charges on time, however there will be…

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Clearway HQ can now be seen from space

The Clearway brand has continued to evolve and is recognised as being reliable and trustworthy, with extremely high value placed on both quality and customer service. Having now finally received approval to attach signage to our headquarters building in Dartford, Kent, we have erected a seven-meter triangular sign facing the Dartford Crossing. Apparently the sign…

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Breach of Covenant to Pay Rent – Points To Be Aware Of

Covenants are terms included within a lease agreement, comprising a contract between the tenant and landlord, whether residential or commercial. While there are complexities between explicit and implied, restrictive and positive covenants, the outcome is that breaching any covenant can result in a lease forfeiture situation. Failure to pay is one of the common covenant…

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Responsibilities When Letting Commercial Properties

You will find that there are several differences between letting commercial and residential properties when you are first starting out as a commercial property landlord. It’s important to be aware of those particular responsibilities you will be taking on to protect you from being caught out when pursuing arrears. The following is a guide to…

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Intruders invade Ocado’s depot in Dartford

Ocado’s £250million depot in Dartford, Kent, was invaded by more than a dozen caravans, helping themselves to showering facilities, towels, food and drink. Using a van, they pulled away a giant boulder that was blocking the warehouse entrance to gain access. The intruders locked themselves in and turned away more than 40 staff members /…

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Inside the world of Crime and Trauma Scene clean-up

The police often deal with difficult crime and trauma scenes. They can include murder, suicide, undiscovered deaths, accidents and terrorism which usually leave behind: human blood, bodily fluids & tissue, chemicals and infestations from maggots and flies. Dangerous items, such as weapons and drug-related paraphernalia, are frequently left at the scene to clear too. These…

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Japanese knotweed removal – time to act.

Whilst the rumours that Japanese knotweed can grow through solid concrete foundations or break into underground water pipes are untrue, it is an extremely aggressive plant, growing at the rate of 1 meter every three weeks during its growing season. Where the plant finds its way into existing cracks in concrete, pathways and walls or…

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Care Homes are continuing to close

The care home industry is in crisis. Since 2010, more than 380 have been declared insolvent and Care Homes continue to close at a steady rate. According to the Care Quality Commission, five hundred care homes have closed in the capital in the past decade. Almost 2,000 care homes in England have closed over the…

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Tenant In Administration – What Now?

Knowing what to do when your commercial tenant goes into administration requires you to first to understand what administration means if you are not aware already. When a company goes into administration, directors will hand over control of the business to a third party. Any liabilities that company has will also be ringfenced, which means…

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Fly-tipping remains a major issue across the UK

For the 2015 / 2016 year, local authorities dealt with 936 thousand fly-tipping incidents, a 4% increase over 2014 / 2015 and is continuing to rise. Residence could potentially face prosecution after fly tipping outside Northwich recycling centre following the Council’s decision to close the site on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Cheshire West and Chester Council…

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Squatters invade a vacant guest house

Terrace Guest House, a former hotel in Royal Terrace, Essex was taken-over by squatters whilst the building was being refurbished. They immediately put up signs within the property claiming they had the right to live there. The squatters were accused of bringing crime and antisocial behaviour to the area before finally being evicted. The first…

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Launch of our new website

In January 2017, we launched our brand new, refreshed website. With a great focus on helping our customers understand how we can help them, our new website now provides the full range of services covering vacant property security, vacant property solutions and temporary CCTV solutions. So what’s new? The new website is now much clearer,…

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Clearway sponsors Foal Farm Animal Rescue Centre

Foal Farm is a non-government funded animal sanctuary which rehomes many animals including dogs, cats, rabbits, horses, sheep, pigs and chickens. As part of the main project to refurbish the kennels they redesigned the main dog run to provide a more stimulating environment. Clearway decided to make a donation to Foal Farm and included the…

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When duty calls…

When an elderly pedestrian was struck by a speeding car at a sat of lights, one of our teams was quick to rush to his aid and provide assistance until the emergency services arrived. The speeding car overtook at the traffic lights and hit the pedestrian with such force, he was thrown into the air…

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How much damage can fly-tippers do in nine days?

Hundreds of tonnes of rubbish were dumped by fly-tippers at a disused business park in south London in just nine days. Vandals broke-in to every single building, mindlessly vandalising the property and ripping-out cables and other metals to sell as scrap metal. The site was patrolled by one manned guard and a dog unit but…

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