Commercial Landlord & Tenant
A complex & highly technical area of the law that requires specialists to ensure you and your business are properly protected.
We can help with the service of Landlord or Tenant Notices to renew, terminate or amend the terms of a lease renewal. We work with experienced property professionals to advise on valuations, new lease terms and local comparisons to ensure your position is protected.
Contested Lease Renewals
We can help with the service of Landlord or Tenant Notices and we have huge experience in dealing with contested leases (whether it’s because a landlord doesn’t want to grant a renewal or there is a dispute about the terms) but we have vast knowledge in acting for landlords and tenants in such situations. We will represent you all the way to trial on such matters, working with expert valuers and surveyors to ensure you’re properly protected. We utilise all methods of Alternative Dispute Resolution to avoid trial where possible but to be robust in securing the best possible terms.
Dilapidations are more common than ever at the end of leases. We can help you contest a dilapidations schedule if you’re a tenant, both in terms of value and whether you’re liable at all or to assist in the preparation and the service of a schedule if you’re a landlord. We work with qualified surveyors who specialise in dilapidation schedules. We have the experience to run complex dilapidations claims to trial and our litigation expertise helps landlords to recover their money and costs at the end of the process.
Recovery Of Possession
Commercial tenants can be in breach of their lease for many reasons. When this happens you need robust and decisive action to be taken, whether it’s the immediate recovery of possession for non-payment of rent or proceedings for possession. This area of work is a minefield of regulation and legislation and we’ll help you navigate it safely. Tactical advice plays a huge part in these situations.
We have extensive experience in determining whether you can contest a break period, whether for landlord or tenant. Sometimes, the enforcement of a break clause can be strategic having regard to market forces and we’ll always be there to guide you through the strict requirements.
The current retail market is tough for landlords and tenants. We can provide landlords with the best advice if they are subject to a mandatory renegotiation of their tenant’s lease or CVA proposals. This is an area that few lawyers understand – we’re some of the few that do.
We have been involved in high profile squatter evictions, including from properties in super-prime areas of central London. We have the skill and experience to recover your property quickly and with minimal fuss, and to ensure that adverse PR is avoided in such circumstances.
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