Commercial Lease Termination Disputes

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Owners and occupiers of commercial premises may sometimes want to take back possession of their property, either from a tenant or sub-tenant, or from trespassers or squatters. Our property disputes team are experts and will work with you to recover your property (or indeed to prevent this happening if you are a tenant) as cost-effectively as possible. We work closely with our commercial property team to ensure that your needs are met throughout the process.

Commercial forfeiture advice

Where a commercial tenant is accrued rent arrears or is otherwise in breach of lease, a landlord may decide that its only option is to terminate the lease and take back possession of the property. This is known as forfeiture.

The decision to forfeit is not one to be taken lightly, and it is important to seek early legal advice to ensure that the correct procedures are used. Our solicitors will go through the process with you and give you practical and commercial advice. We will work with you to ensure that you do not waive the right to forfeit.

We are also experienced in advising commercial landlords and tenants on applications for relief from forfeiture. It is vital that matters relating to forfeiture and relief from forfeiture are dealt with quickly. Rest assured that we are here to see you through the procedure, including the court application and hearings.


Contested lease renewals

 Under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954, many tenants have a right to a new lease at the end of the term. However, there are times when a landlord will want to oppose this. Landlords may refuse to grant a new lease if certain grounds occur, including:

  • Non-payment of rent
  • Other breaches of covenant by the tenant
  • Where the landlord intends to redevelop the property.

Our commercial property disputes team work closely with the commercial property team when dealing with contested lease renewals. We are also able to assist where a landlord has not refused to grant a new lease, but where the parties have been unable to agree terms.

Our team can assist you throughout the process, from drafting the relevant notices, to making the court application on your behalf. We will be there to represent you throughout the court proceedings.


Residential tenants in mixed-use premises

As a landlord of a mixed-use building, there may be times where you need advice on your residential tenants. At Levi Solicitors LLP, we have extensive experience of dealing with residential leases as well as commercial. For more information, please visit our residential property disputes pages.

Squatters in commercial properties

Unfortunately, sometimes trespassers will find their way into commercial properties. It will then be for landlords (or sometimes tenants) to recover the property from them. We can help you with:

  • Possession claims at court against trespassers
  • Physical recovery of the property.

It is imperative that you deal with squatters and other trespassers quickly. Our property disputes team will therefore treat all squatters cases with urgency, and will not lose sight of the commercial issues that the squatters will be causing you.

Disputes on the termination of a commercial lease

There may be instances where a dispute has arisen when a lease has already been terminated. For example, there may be a dispute over the correct interpretation of a break clause has been used; or where the parties were attempting to negotiate a surrender of a lease.

Whatever the circumstances, we will offer you sensible, commercial and cost-effective solutions to resolve the matter as quickly as possible.

Why choose our commercial property disputes solicitors?

Our property disputes solicitors are proud to be transparent on fees and will provide clear costs advice from the outset. If you would like a no obligation discussion to see how we can help you deal with your dilapidations issue, call us on (freephone) 0800 988 7756.

With offices in LeedsLeeds North (Moortown) and London, we can bring our experience and knowledge to your claim, no matter where you are.

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