Christopher Bartlett is a solicitor who will offer you a warm welcome and a free consultation
. He advises both landlords and tenants of commercial properties in relation to all aspects of leases. Christopher can help with shops, offices, units, factories, hotels and pubs
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1. Taking on a new lease
2. Transferring (or 'assigning') your existing lease
3. Renewing your lease
4. Buying a business
Give Chris a call on 0800 988 3641
for a free no obligation quotation. Chris will explain your next steps and break down how much it will cost you. We will usually be able to give you a fixed fee quote for our work.
1. Granting a commercial lease
2. Renewing an existing lease
3. Granting a licence to assign, sublet or carry out works
4. Rent reviews
Please call for a free no obligation quotation.
For the inexperienced commercial leases are daunting and complicated documents (a 60 – 100 page is not at all unusual). They are also full of traps for the unwary. A solicitor negotiating heads of terms is crucial.
For example tenants often find themselves having to pay huge amounts in service charges for structural repairs because they were not advised on their lease. Equally a landlord may not be able to maximise his rental increase on a review because of a poorly drafted lease.
Because we specialise in commercial lease work
we are all too familiar with the hidden dangers in leases and the areas that normally need special attention for landlords and tenants alike. Our advice is jargon free and above all practical
. Give us a call and see for yourself.
Our commercial property team can work with our Liverpool divorce solicitors
if you have any questions regarding the disposal of assets, such as a business or other commercial interest, and the divorce process generally.
With online retailers continuing to cannibalise the sales of traditional bricks and mortar retailers, the ‘decline of the British high street’ has become a common theme in the popular press. Certain retailers and small businesses, however, have business models that are hard or impossible to replicate online. For these companies, renting high street premises is becoming an increasingly practical and attractive option.
While the multinational retail giants may dominate the popular shopping districts in major towns and cities, the cost of taking on a commercial lease on many high streets is falling dramatically as vacancy rates climb. This means that prospective small business tenants looking to rent high street premises are in a stronger position than ever before when it comes to negotiating favourable terms with landlords.
Effective negotiation with commercially-savvy landlords, however, can best be achieved with the assistance of an experienced solicitor. Commercial leases are often lengthy documents, full of antiquated jargon that can in reality contain various dangers for the tenant if not properly understood. A solicitor with expertise in deciphering and analysing such documents can be critical in helping the prospective tenant avoid these potential booby traps.
Typical Questions A Solicitor Will Answer With Regard To A Commercial Lease:Is this commercial lease suitable for my business type?
Does the lease give me adequate access to the commercial property?
Are the terms and conditions of the lease fair?
How can I negotiate better terms in my business lease based on your experience?
Are the clauses in my commercial lease well drafted and unambiguous?
How much in service charges could I be asked to pay under this business lease?
Are the rent increase provisions in my commercial lease fair?
Are the repairing obligations in my business lease normal?
How can I end my commercial lease and what is the earliest date that I can terminate the lease and leave the property?
If the property suits my business what rights do I have under the lease to stay at the property?
In March 2021, the government announced further support for business owners after the ban on the forfeiture of business tenancies for non-payment of rent and commercial evictions, which was due to expire on March 31, was extended for a further three months until June 30. Restrictions on landlords enforcing Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery (CRAR) have also been extended until that date.
Many of the businesses worst affected by the coronavirus pandemic, including bars, restaurants and shops, have been forced to cease trading once again during the latest lockdown, and both the hospitality and retail sectors have exerted significant pressure on the government to provide this kind of additional support.
The government’s statement clarified that its current position is to ‘support commercial landlords and tenants to agree their own arrangements for paying or writing off rent debts by 30 June’. It has also published a code of conduct setting out best practice for such negotiations. Successful collaboration between commercial landlords and tenants is clearly the preferred option for both parties, although progress will in many cases be a difficult, time-consuming and contentious process.