Advice on Buying or Selling a B&B

Legal Advice on Buying or Selling a Bed and Breakfast


You’ll Sleep Easier With Some Good Legal Advice!

There’re no two ways around it: running a bed and breakfast is hard work. It’s all day long 7 days a week. And at the end of the day, there’s no home to go to because you’re already there! Still, for those who love the lifestyle there’s money to be made by keeping those beds full. A well run B&B can easily take £120,000 or more per annum.

Before launching into the business you need to sit yourself down and plan things very carefully, especially the finances. On top of the large initial capital investment, it is expensive to keep a B&B in business. For example, you’ll have to find the money to pay staff, huge utility bills, and all those daily full English breakfasts. You’ll need to work closely with an accountant who’s familiar with the area, to make sure the budget stays afloat. You will also need a solicitor to advise on the purchase or sale of your bed and breakfast business.

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  • Advice on Bed and Breakfast Planning Permission & Licences
  • Advice on Staff Accommodation in a Bed And Breakfast
  • Legal Advice on Websites, Computers and IT
  • Bed And Breakfast Purchase Case Studies
If you’ve found a B&B you want to buy or sell then you’re probably feeling quite impatient to get started. Unfortunately, you really do need to take the time to get some advice from a solicitor. You’re risking too much by simply sign on the dotted line. The good news is we’ll make the process quick and painless. Because we are solicitors who are expert at buying and selling bed and breakfasts, we will stick to the essentials.

Good legal advice on the law relating to bed and breakfasts will save you time and money. To give you a flavour of the challenges, here are some typical important issues that always need to be considered.
B&B buyers often need to sell their home to raise the funds to buy the B&B. If the idea is to live in the B&B then this usually makes sense. We know how to synchronise the sale of your house and the purchase of the B&B so it all goes smoothly and quickly.
Unless you’re buying a fully functional B&B, the chances are that you will need to apply for and secure various permissions and licences before your complete the purchase. A common list of permissions may be: planning permission for works, planning consent for change of use, a licence for a House in Multiple Occupation, a licence for the sale of alcohol, an entertainment licence (eg if renting DVDs) etc. We’ll make sure that these are secured as a condition of purchasing the building. Otherwise you may find you’ve parted with your hard earned for a building you can’t use as a B&B.
Due to the nature of the job, it’s common to offer some staff accommodation as part of the terms of their employment. If so, you’ll need an occupancy agreement that carefully details important matters such as what parts of the Property they can use and stay in, rental payments, termination of the agreement etc.
IT plays an increasingly important role in marketing, securing reservations and generally running the B&B. If you’re buying an existing B&B we’ll make sure that all the relevant IT equipment, website content, hosting addresses, software etc is correctly transferred to you. So, from day one, you’ll be able to use and develop the IT with no hiccups.
Our client was set to purchase a 6 bedroom B&B. Days before we were expecting to exchange contracts, our enquiries revealed that there were significant breaches of planning conditions relating to the refurbishment works the seller had carried out. In the end, we managed to secure a discount of £30,000 from the purchase to compensate for the additional works that would be needed post completion to comply with the planning conditions.

Another client didn’t realise that one of the rooms in the house that he had intended to put paying guests in was still occupied by a member of staff, who claimed she had a secure tenancy agreement and had every right to stay there. We insisted that the Seller sort the problem out. In the end the Seller paid the difficult former member of staff to leave early.

Why Choose Bartletts Solicitors?

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Our firm has years of experience in buying and selling bed and breakfasts across England and Wales.

Benefit from a free no obligation quotation, competitive fixed fees and no hidden costs.

Our solicitor, James Edwards, and his team of support staff are very experienced in the purchase and sale of B&Bs. You can expect that your transaction will be completed promptly at a competitive fixed fee.

Customer service is very important to us. John Bartlett has been managing the firm for over 40 years and takes customer satisfaction very seriously.


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Contact James Edwards for a free no obligation quotation today by phone or via our contact form on this page. James is a commercial property solicitor advising on buying and selling B&Bs.

James also has experience in commercial property leases, an essential skill as many businesses come with a property lease. He is friendly and very approachable. James works with Christopher Bartlett, who is an experienced commercial property solicitor working on large development projects.


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