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…


Commercial lease renewals - back to basics

Leases come in all shapes and sizes and set out the terms under which you occupy your commercial property. On signing a lease, you can negotiate with the landlord terms which are suitable for you both. This article will look at commercial lease renewals and how they work once your current lease has…


Keeping your options open: Option Agreements

Land is an increasingly precious commodity in the UK. Companies are soon snapping up even the smallest parcels of land for development. If you are considering purchasing a piece of land (whether or not for development), other people may also be interested in that land. How can you make sure that…


Have a break: Break clauses in commercial leases

It is common for commercial leases, particularly when a lease is for a longer term, to include a break clause. This is also known as an option to determine and is usually agreed between the landlord and tenant prior to entering into the lease. So, what exactly is a break clause? And how can you…


Is my landlord unreasonably withholding consent?

It is common for leases to contain a provision to prevent the tenant from assigning or underletting the lease to another party without the landlord’s consent. This allows the landlord to maintain control over who the tenant will be throughout the term of the lease. To give the tenant some means of…


Louise Burgess joins our Commercial Property team

Levi Solicitors LLP is very pleased to announce the qualification of trainee solicitor, Louise Burgess. Louise now joins our Commercial Property department as a solicitor. Louise joined Levi Solicitors LLP in September 2015 as a paralegal in our commercial property department. She went on to…


To insure or not to insure? Buildings insurance for commercial properties

When you are thinking of entering into a commercial lease, insurance is one of the main considerations for both parties. But what exactly does insurance cover and what happens if you need to claim on the insurance? Buildings insurance As with any property, it is vital to obtain buildings insurance…


Ten considerations for commercial leases

Whether you are the landlord of a commercial property looking to let it out; or a tenant wanting to operate a business from a property, you will be looking at agreeing a commercial lease. Some leases are assigned from the previous tenant. However, in other cases you may need to enter into a brand…


The Energy Performance Certificate turns 10!

Ten years after the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) was introduced, solicitors and agents see them on almost every sale, purchase or lease transaction. But why are they needed and what do they mean for property owners and prospective purchasers? What is an Energy Performance Certificate? EPCs…