Back to basics: forfeiture of leases

Forfeiture is a landlord’s right to determine a lease when the tenant is in breach of the terms of the lease, or when certain events happen as set out in the lease – e.g. the tenant’s insolvency. Forfeiture is a complex area and we will only be touching on the basics in this article. Further,…


Landlords' remedies for dilapidations

Most commercial landlords and tenants face dilapidations issues. Here, we take a look at what dilapidations are, and the remedies available to landlords. First things first, what are dilapidations? Dilapidations refers to disrepair covered by repairing covenants in a lease. It usually covers…


Japanese knotweed

Knot again! Japanese knotweed and property

Japanese knotweed can cause property owners numerous issues. From costly eradication works, to reducing the property value. We take a look at Japanese knotweed, and some recent cases involving knotweed on neighbouring land, and a professional negligence claim against a surveyor that did not spot…


Entering a Contract Race when buying a property

Property is a scarce and expensive commodity. When there are many buyers after the same property, a seller can enter a contract race by accepting more than one offer.  This is to filter out the best buyer. Contract Race – how it works A Contract Race occurs when a seller accepts more than one…


Property alterations without consent

As a property owner, there will be times when you want to carry out alterations to your property. You will usually be free to do more minor works as you see fit. However, for more major alterations you will need to seek permission from various sources. We will look at who might need to give you…


Rent review clauses: back to basics

When agreeing terms of a lease, one of the key terms to be agreed is the rent and how it is reviewed. A rent review is a tool enabling landlords to increase the rent in line with market rates and/or inflation. Typically, a longer lease will involve one or more rent reviews during the term. As a…


Dilapidations considerations for commercial landlords

As tenancies draw to an end, it is rare that a property will be in the same physical state that it was in before the tenant moved in.  In such situations, the landlord will usually be entitled to ask the tenant to reinstate the property before it is handed back. This article sets out what landlords…


Case update: Did the landlord unreasonably withhold consent?

One of our previous articles explored whether a landlord was entitled to withhold consent for a tenant assigning or underletting a lease. Since this, case law has developed which may be a welcome decision for landlords. This article will explore a recent case that determines when a Landlord can…


Commercial landlords, get ready for change!

Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) are being brought in by the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015. These Regulations will require landlords to ensure their properties reach certain standards (the MEES) in energy efficiency. With the first…


West Yorkshire property development. Is this the place to invest?

With recent reports suggesting that property development in Leeds is booming, and that Bradford is the best city in the UK for start-up businesses, it looks like things are on the up for West Yorkshire. Certainly, we at Levi Solicitors LLP have seen an increase in instructions in our new build and…