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Frustrating events

Another day, another article on Brexit. But this one is a little bit different. It concerns a dispute between the Canary Wharf Group, a property development, investment and management company, and its tenant, the European Medicines Agency (“EMA”). The EMA is, in simple terms, attempting to get out of the remaining term of its 25 […]

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Airbnb – Playing with fire?

Over the last few years, the popularity of short term holiday or business letting websites has increased and shows no sign of slowing down. It’s easy to see why. The hosts can rent out their property when it suits them and don’t have the burden of becoming a full time landlord. The guests get an […]

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Fighting the system – Service charge disputes

Service charges will be familiar to most people holding flats or houses under a long lease.  A leasehold owner owes various obligations to the freeholder (or a management company, where present) as set out in the lease including paying ground rent, contributing towards the insurance of a multi-occupier building and paying service charge, generally, the […]

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To surrender or not surrender?

When is a commercial lease surrendered? The question may appear straightforward but as the tenant found out in the recent case of Padwick Properties Limited v Punj Lloyd Limited the answer is not always as simple as it seems. The landlord granted a 21 year lease of an office block to the tenant company. The […]

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Beware the repair! – Top tips for limiting your liability

About to take on a lease of commercial premises? Make sure you are aware of the repair liability you are taking on… An FRI lease is the abbreviated term for a lease which imposes full repairing and insuring obligations on the tenant, relieving the landlord from all liability for the cost of and repairs. Most commercial leases will place […]

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Service Charge in Leases – Short-term gain could mean long-term pain

Where there is ambiguity in a contract or a lease the Courts can interpret the wording in the clause using commercial common sense. In the recent case of Arnold v Britton the Supreme Court was asked, on appeal by a tenant, to apply this approach in determining the service charge provisions in a number of […]

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When is a Tenant not a Tenant?

Commercial property owners are often faced with a dilemma, whether to grant access to a Tenant on a short term basis whilst a lease is agreed or whether to hold out and insist that the lease is completed. It is important that landowners/tenants are aware of the implications of agreeing early access to a Tenant, […]

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Ramsay’s Court Room Nightmares

Gordon Ramsay yesterday lost a long running Court case in which he claimed he was not liable to pay alleged outstanding rent payments. Ramsay, well known for his string of outspoken cooking programmes, had issued proceedings seeking a declaration that his signature on a lease (which purported to personally guarantee the obligation to pay rent) […]

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Holding over (contracted out tenancies)

At the expiry of a contracted-out lease1relating to commercial premises, the tenant has no automatic right to remain in situ. Whereas, if the provisions have not been excluded then the tenant will be entitled to remain unless one of the parties has sought to determine the tenancy by a prescribed method. For the purposes of […]

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Reinstatement obligations – Who, what, why, where, when?

What is reinstatement? The connotations of the word ‘reinstatement’ suggest it is something to be dealt with at the end of the lease term. And to some extent it is. Reinstatement concerns the ‘putting right’ of a property at the end of the term into the state and condition required by the tenant covenants in […]

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