Author Archives: James Swede

Assured tenancy – what is it ?

Assured and shorthold tenancies are the most common types of arrangement for the renting of houses and flats by private tenants. They were originally introduced by the Housing Act 1988 and subsequently modified by the Hosing Act 1996. in the act the term ‘assured tenancy’ is used to refer both to assured tenancies and assured […]

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Average length of commercial lease reducing

Lease Lengths of Commercial Properties hit all time low An annual study of commercial property tenancies recently carried out by Investment Property Database (IPD) and the British Property Federation has shown that there has been a dramatic fall in the length of leases on commercial properties over the past five years. The survey, the biggest […]

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How landlords & tenants should work together in difficult economic conditions

It is common that businesses who occupy a building will lease instead of purchase. In today’s difficult economic climate, landlords and tenants will read every letter of small print in the lease to enforce each other’s legal rights looking for angles and opportunities but does a practical rather than legalistic approach reap better benefits ? […]

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Getting it wrong with beak clauses on commercial leases can prove costly

Businesses and individuals who occupy commercial properties have been issued a warning to read the contractual lease agreement which may contain a break clause. This is after a firm has been fined £300,000 in a case in Bristol where the High Court ruled for the landlord to issue a fine after their tenant’s right to […]

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Restaurant leases – tips for landlords

Despite the current economic climate, new restaurants are opening up every month in an attempt to establish themselves into successful businesses. Landlords who own property that is ideal for restaurants are therefore not short of prospective tenants. As landlords, it is imperative for you to ensure you have found the right tenants, as this can […]

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Better bargaining position for tenants now with commercial leases

Recent trends have witnessed commercial leases being at their most flexible they have ever been. This has had the result of a number of factors including a big shift in respective bargaining positions. From a tenant’s point of view, a long lease, which could be sold at a premium, but with lots of flexibility in […]

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10 tips for dealing with a Housing benefit tenant

For those landlords who are on the housing benefit system, here are 10 tips to help you get the most out of your tenancies. Tip #1: Check Whether Your Tenant Receives Local Housing Allowance If your tenant receives Local Housing Allowance, this sum is normally not payable directly to landlords. The only exception to this […]

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Guide to the law on empty residential property

It is estimated that there are over 300,000 long term empty residential properties in England and thousands of abandoned commercial buildings. These wasted assets often become a shelter for homeless and squatters. The number of empty properties is not decreasing and councils have certain legal enforcement measures that allow them to take possession of empty […]

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Consequences of Delaying Consent To Assign or Sublet Commercial Lease

It is not unusual for a commercial property lease to prevent a tenant from assigning or subletting the property. Where assignment or subletting is permitted it will usually be qualified to state that it can only be done with the consent of the landlord. In such circumstances the landlord cannot unreasonably withhold consent nor delay […]

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Accelerated Possession Procedure

Accelerated Possession Procedure The accelerated possession procedure is a fast track procedure available to a landlord to repossess their property and evict the tenant under an assured shorthold tenancy. This type of claim has 3 very important aspects :- The landlord must have given the right notice before starting a claim and it must be […]

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