Landlord and Tenant Act

The Landlord and Tenant Act 1954

Understanding specific clauses such as break clauses and dilapidation points

Our expert lawyers offer advice and services related to The Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 and business tenancies.  The legislation provides a specific framework and bespoke rules regarding the protection of and the automatic right to renew a business tenancy at the end of the term known as ‘security of tenure’.

It is a technical and tricky area to navigate as there are specific rules regarding the rights of each party, timings and processes including the types of notices to be served. Errors can be pivotal and mean that the tenant loses its right to security of tenure if the process is not undertaken properly. It is therefore important to seek expert advice and assistance with the procedures.

Our services include advice relating to and assistance with:

Legal Considerations

Does the tenant wish to renew its protected tenancy?

No – the tenant is at liberty to choose not to renew and should focus on exit matters including deciding whether to serve a ‘section 27 notice’ and considering dilapidations.

Yes – see below.

How long is left on the existing tenancy?

Has either party served a notice to formally kickstart the renewal (whether opposed or unopposed) with a “section 25” notice by a landlord or a “section 26” by a tenant.

If yes, has it been served within the correct timeframe, provided requisite notice and been served on the correct party?

Is the tenancy renewal opposed or unopposed?

If unopposed consider if the parties have agreed or are they likely to agree terms for the new lease or are there terms which are disputed. Consider strategic and legal factors to inform next steps and follow the correct legal procedures and Court protocol.

If opposed, consider the ground(s) on which the landlord is relying on to oppose renewal. Are they fault or non-fault grounds? Consider the strength of the landlord’s opposition together with strategic and legal factors to inform next steps and follow the correct legal procedures and Court protocol.

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