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  • 1,500+ Business Documents - The business lease whole of building
    The business lease (whole of building)If you own the freehold to business premises, then you might, at some stage, want to rent out to a tenant. To do this properly and make your life easier, you'll need a business lease drawn up. Use our form of lease to enable you to do this safely.Why bother putting it in writing?Because if you don't and there's a dispute it's your word against the tenants. It's better to get things put down in "black and white" now, rather than risk a costly legal dispute later. Note. Even...
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  • 1,500+ Business Documents - Licence to assign
    Licence to assignYour landlord's given you the nod to assign your lease. To ensure that there's no dispute that their permission has been granted, it's standard practice for all the parties to enter into a licence to assign at the same time as the lease is assigned.AdviceAll the licence does is to record the landlord's consent to the assignment taking place and additionally, ensure that the new tenant enters into a direct covenant with the landlord to comply with the terms of the lease. CostsIf you've agreed...
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  • 1,500+ Business Documents - Sublease
    SubleaseYou may not be in a position to find anyone to take over the remaining term of your lease. However, there's every possibility that you may be able to find a tenant who's prepared to take a lease for a shorter period - a sublet. Use our form to enable you to sublet your premises.AdviceA sublease is quite simply a lease created out of your head lease, i.e. it's for a shorter period than your own lease. How long is entirely up to you. Unlike an assignment, where the whole of your lease is transferred to...
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  • 1,500+ Business Documents - Licence to sublet
    Licence to subletYour landlord's given you the go-ahead to sublet your premises. He will insist that you enter into a licence to sublet. Make sure you use the correct form for maximum protection and flexibility.AdviceIf your lease provides that your landlord's permission is needed before you can sublet the premises, all the parties (your landlord, yourself and your subtenant) will have to sign a separate document called a licence to sublet. From your perspective, this document's important because it confirms...
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  • 1,500+ Business Documents - Licence to occupy - landlord and tenant
    Licence to occupyYou may want to allow a third party to share your business premises yet ensure you're not stuck with someone that you can't easily get rid of. A licence may be the answer and give youthe best of both worlds.LicenceThe beauty of a licence is that it's not a tenancy and therefore the Landlord and Tenant 1954 ("the Act") doesn't apply. This means that if you give someone a licence, they don't have security of tenure and can be asked to leave just by service a notice to quit.CautionIf it were this...
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  • 1,500+ Business Documents - General building maintenance
    Risk assessment - general building maintenance General building maintenance activities can present risks to staff which, left unmanaged, could cause accidents and potentially put you on the wrong side of the law.Managing the risksTo ensure this doesn't happen, complete a risk assessment for general building maintenance activities which identifies all "significant" hazards and appropriate "reasonable" ways of reducing risks to an acceptable level. To help you identify the hazards associated with building maintenance...
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  • 1,500+ Business Documents - Rent deposit deed
     Rent deposit deedIt's not just residential leases where deposits are paid by an incoming tenant. The same can happen with a new business lease, particularly where the new tenant either can't provide an appropriate guarantor, or they prove to be unacceptable to the landlord.  As an alternative, a deposit can be taken instead.  What is a rent deposit?Essentially, a rent deposit is money provided by a tenant to its landlord as security for payment of the rent and performance of the tenant's covenants as set...
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  • 1,500+ Business Documents - Break clause notice
     Break clause noticeA break clause in a business lease allows one or both parties to end the lease early, as long as certain conditions are met. No two leases are the same, so to ensure you get it right, always check the lease to see what it says about serving a notice.  For example, if it says the notice must be served on a particular person/address, or in a particular way, then make sure you do this otherwise your notice will be invalid.  Tenant's checklistYou must have obeyed all the covenants in your...
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  • 1,500+ Business Documents - Landlord's notice to exclude security of tenure
      Landlord's notice to exclude security of tenureIn a business lease it's possible for the landlord and tenant to agreed that there should be no security of tenure.  This is permitted under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 provided formal steps have been taken. This is sometimes known as "contracting out" and what it basically means is that once the lease comes to an end, the tenant can't automatically stay put and demand a new lease. They have to either vacate the property or renegotiate a lease with the...
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  • 1,500+ Business Documents - Service charges
    What's a service charge?Service charges can be punitive. But the good news is that the landlord can't charge them unless the lease allows it. Use this checklist to be sure of your position.  
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