Landlord and Tenant

Our property lawyers deal with all aspects of commercial and residential Landlord and Tenant issues.

In relation to commercial properties, we try to build a good working relationship with our landlord clients to give a consistent approach to the management of a commercial property portfolio. We are happy to work alongside a landlord’s surveyors or property managers. If we are involved at the early stages of a matter we can identify potential problems to try to head them off as soon as possible and achieve an efficient and pragmatic solution. This is very important in the current property market.

Our experience also means we can give best advice to a tenant who is thinking of renting a business property or who may already be in a lease which the tenant wants to leave, renew or alter in some way.

Areas of business property where we particularly advise are as follows:-

  • Preparing or approving commercial leases for landlords and tenants
  • Negotiating and advising on terms
  • Rent reviews
  • Termination procedures and notices
  • Lease renewals – an area where time limits are of crucial importance
  • Sub-letting and assignments on sale
  • Licences to do alterations
  • Licences to sublet or assign whether you are a Landlord or Tenant

Many of our clients also have residential property portfolios and we work closely with them and their letting agents to ensure a consistent management style. Being a landlord of residential property brings its own particular issues and the residential property market is vastly different from that for commercial properties. Tenancy Agreements are usually much shorter and the landlord’s repairing obligations and obligations towards protecting deposits can expose a landlord to liabilities if they are not dealt with properly.

Areas of Residential Property in which we can help are as follows:-

  • Advising on, and preparing Tenancy Agreements
  • Dealing with problems that may arise during a tenancy
  • Preparing Notices to terminate a tenancy
  • Dealing with the residential possession process through the County Court (usually on a fixed fee basis)
  • Advising in relation to issues of repair and recovery of rent arrears.

We publish email briefings on matters that are relevant to both commercial and residential property, examples of which can be found here. If you would like to be added to our mailing list to receive these briefings, please contact us.

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