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Commercial Tenancy Solicitors

If you’re not familiar with the Landlord and Tenant Act 1984 and other legislation around commercial tenancies in the UK, you could be facing a number of legal issues and disputes. At Crombie Wilkinson, our expert commercial property solicitors specialise in commercial tenancy agreements, making sure our clients in York, Malton, Selby, Pickering and further afield meet their various obligations.

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Commercial tenancy advice and legislation

Our team of commercial property experts cover an array of tenancy agreement legalities for commercial premises. These include:

  • Heads of terms: Comprehensive overviews of lease agreements.
  • Leasing assignments: Facilitating the transfer of leases from current tenants to new parties.
  • Lease renewals: Managing the extension of existing lease agreements.
  • Lease negotiations: Assisting in discussions to agree on lease terms.
  • Drafting leases: Preparing preliminary lease documents for review.
  • Licence to occupy: Granting permission for tenants to use the property.
  • Licence to alter: Approving tenant alterations to the leased property.
  • Licence to underlet: Permitting tenants to sublet the property.
  • Rent deposits: Advising on the management of rent deposits.
  • Break clauses: Including clauses that allow tenants to exit the lease prematurely.
  • Stamp duty: Navigating the tax implications of property transactions.
  • Financial agreements: Structuring financial agreements related to leases.
  • Dispute resolution: Addressing and resolving disputes that may arise.

As commercial property solicitors, it’s our goal to provide clarity, focus and assurance for our clients and their individual circumstances. We understand that no two commercial tenancy agreements are the same in the UK and will tailor our services directly to you.

Commercial landlord duties and responsibilities

As the landlord of a commercial property, you have several key responsibilities, many of which overlap with tenant duties but also include distinct obligations. Legally, you must:

  • Maintain health and safety standards to prevent hazards.
  • Ensure the safe installation of gas and electrical equipment.
  • Obtain, complete, and provide the relevant Energy performance certificates (EPCs).
  • Verify that tenants have the right to rent the property.
  • Install and regularly test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Comply with fire safety regulations.
  • Fulfil all tax-related duties associated with the property.

Commercial tenant’s duties and rights

Commercial tenants have several key responsibilities, including:

  • Health and safety risk assessments: Conduct risk assessments covering fire safety, gas safety, electrical equipment safety and asbestos management. Ensure a comfortable working environment with adequate space,  lighting, ventilation, washing facilities, and safe equipment, as mandated by the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.  
  • Repairs and maintenance: Depending on the lease terms, tenants may be responsible for repairs and maintenance when vacating the property. Ensure that the periodic tenancy commercial lease specifies these duties clearly.
  • Additional compliance: Follow additional legal requirements as applicable, such as those outlined in the Commercial Tenancy Retail Shops Agreements Act 1985. Those not mentioned in the lease will usually fall upon the tenant.

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Commercial property disputes

Our solicitors will meticulously review your commercial tenancy agreement to prevent disputes.

If a dispute arises, we offer expert dispute resolution services.

How Crombie Wilkinson can help with your commercial property transaction

At Crombie Wilkinson, we understand the complexity of running a commercial property. Our experienced solicitors are committed to providing comprehensive legal support tailored to your individual needs.

Whether you are a landlord or a tenant, we offer services to ensure your agreements are clear, compliant and in your best interest.

From negotiating leases to resolving disputes, we pride ourselves on making the process as smooth and stress-free as possible, whether you are lacking commercial landlord obligations, UK solicitors such as Crombie Wilkinson are the optimal way to assure compliance.

Contact us today to learn more about how we can assist you with your commercial tenancy needs and ensure a successful outcome for your property transactions.