Commercial Landlords and Tenant Solicitors
A good landlord and tenant relationship is much easier to maintain when each party is fully aware of their contractual obligations. Our team of commercial property solicitors are highly experienced in acting for landlords and tenants and are on hand to advise on all aspects of commercial leases.
Our friendly, specialist team advise individuals and businesses across Brighton and Hassocks as well as the wider Sussex area.
Whether you are a landlord or a tenant, we can provide practical, commercially-focused advice about a wide range of property related matters, from drafting and reviewing the terms of commercial leases to resolving landlord and tenant disputes.
Our commercial landlord and tenant solicitors’ expertise includes:
- Taking or granting a lease
- Assigning or underletting
- Lease renewal
- Making or responding to applications for consent
- Rent reviews
We are also experienced at resolving a wide range of landlord and tenant disputes such as those relating to dilapidations, unpaid rent and possession proceedings.
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Why choose our commercial landlord and tenant lawyers?
Commercial landlord and tenant law is a particular area of expertise for us, with many of our team specialising in this area.
Dan Ongley, a Partner within our firm, specialises in all commercial property matters and leasehold enfranchisement. Dan combines his legal expertise with a warm, friendly approach which quickly puts his clients at ease.
Our team also includes Janine Cooper-Rowan, an experienced Solicitor who specialises in both commercial and residential property transactions. Janine utilises her strong administration and organisation skills to help clients get their transactions past the finishing line swiftly and cost effectively.
Another notable member of our team is Paul Harrington who specialises in property litigation and commercial litigation. With over 40 years’ experience handling all types of litigation matters, Paul is the perfect choice for resolving your commercial landlord and tenant dispute.
Paul is also a Law Society Accredited Civil Mediator specialising in helping clients resolve complex and often contentious disputes amicably without going to court.
As a firm, Griffith Smith is Law Society Accredited in Lexcel, the legal practice quality mark for firms which demonstrate the highest standards of client care, compliance and legal practice management. This means that you can trust us to handle your case efficiently and as cost effectively as possible while minimising risk.
Our commercial landlord and tenant expertise
Taking or granting a lease
Our commercial landlord and tenant lawyers can assist with all aspects of taking or granting a commercial lease, including:
- Drafting and reviewing heads of terms
- Lease negotiation
- Investigating title to ensure the landlord is the legal owner of the property
- Conducting other property searches and enquiries
- Handling tax returns, such as Stamp Duty
- Liaising with HM Land Registry about the registration of long leases
- Repairs, alterations and improvements matters
- ‘Contracting out’ of the right to lease renewal under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954
- Completion of the commercial lease
- Advising commercial landlords and tenants about their obligations under a commercial lease
Assigning and underletting (subletting)
Assignment or underletting are methods of transferring a commercial lease to someone else. These processes tend to be complex, depending on the exact construction of the lease document and whether the landlord is prepared to give consent.
We have experience handling requests to assign or sublet a commercial lease, including advising on whether assignment or subletting is appropriate for your needs, handling applications for consent, advising on authorised guarantee agreements, managing repair obligations and resolving landlords and tenants disputes.
Unless expressly excluded under the terms of the lease, commercial tenants tend to have a right of lease renewal at the end of their tenancy. We can provide practical advice to landlord and tenants about commercial lease renewals, including:
- Whether there is a right of lease renewal
- Conducting lease renewal negotiations
- Commercial tenants’ rights at the end of their tenancy
- Ending a commercial tenancy
- Resolving lease renewal disputes
Making or responding to applications for consent
We can assist with all types of application for consent, including assigning and subletting, alterations or change of use applications.
Our team guide both landlords and tenants through the surprisingly complex process of making or responding to an application for consent. We will thoroughly review the terms of the lease and make appropriate recommendations. We have experience closely negotiating with landlords, tenants and other interested landlords, such as superior landlords, subtenants and mortgage lenders, minimising the risk of disputes arising.
Where disputes do arise, our commercial landlord and tenant solicitors can provide practical advice about the way forward, with experience handling disputes over unreasonably withheld consent, breach of covenant and many other potential issues.
We advise commercial landlords and tenants on rent review negotiations, including drafting, reviewing and responding to rent review notices and resolving disputes.