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Commercial Property Leases

Commercial property leases can be of benefit to both landlords and tenants. However, negotiating the terms of a lease to ensure it is balanced and satisfies the needs of both parties can be tricky. The support of a commercial property solicitor can make this process easier.

At Rotheras, we have a wealth of experience assisting both landlords and tenants with commercial property leases. With experience in working for both sides to avoid disputes through dispute resolution and concerns regarding the terms of the lease.

Whether you are a landlord looking to ensure that your commercial property is kept in good condition. Or a tenant concerned about various restrictions in the lease affecting how you run your business. Our expert commercial property team will work with you, listening to your wishes and helping to get the right terms in place for you to ensure a harmonious agreement for all.



Do you have to use a solicitor for a commercial lease?

From a legal perspective, you are not required to use a solicitor.

However, it is strongly recommended that you seek advice from a solicitor when entering into a commercial lease. This is because a commercial property lease may include terms and covenants that could make operating your business difficult.

A commercial property solicitor has the experience to spot terms and covenants that could impact your business. They also have the ability to negotiate the terms of the lease so that they are more favourable to your business needs.

Examples of some commercial property lease terms that we can negotiate:


Tenants are often imposed by their lease to be responsible for repairs. We can negotiate so that this term is weaker so that the Landlord also shares some responsibility.


You may need to carry out some non-structural alterations to adapt a property for your business needs. Leases sometimes carry terms that make this process complex and inefficient by required the Landlord to sign off. Negotiations can eliminate or weaken this term to prevent delays in having your business ready to operate.


Some leases require the Landlord to approve any signage install on the property. As a business, you may already have set brand colours, logos and identity. If the Landlord refuses to consent to your signage, this can have a serious impact on your business. Through negotiations, this term can be removed.



What does a commercial lease lawyer do?

Commercial lease lawyers create property leases between Tenants and Landlords. The leases they create contain all the terms and clauses that both a Tenant and a Landlord will have to abide by.

Through negotiation and dispute resolution they mediate differences to make a lease favourable to both parties.

Finally, a commercial lease lawyer can also assist and provide legal advice for when leases are broken by either the Tenant or Landlord.



Who pays the legal fees for a commercial lease?

There is no standard process of who should pay for the legal fees for a commercial lease. However, usually, the Tenant is responsible for covering the cost of the lease. This is because Landlords normally have a standard template lease ready to use and it is the Tenant that is looking to amend the document and terms.

However, both parties should seek out separate legal representation either during the negotiation or, at the very minimum, before signing any commercial property lease.

This helps ensure that you are signing a contract that is legal and represents your best interests.



Why use Rotheras for advice on Commercial Property Leases?

Whether you are a Landlord or business Tenant, we can act for you. With experience in a wide variety of sectors and industries, we can understand the particular nuances that may come with your property.

Identifying your objectives and what would work best for you is always our first priority. We will then work to secure these and the best possible terms for you and your business.

Struggling to meet the terms of your lease? Whether you’re a Landlord or Tenant we can provide expert legal advice on where you stand.

Drafting and negotiation of lease agreements along with legal advice on the heads of terms prior to the drafting of the contract.

Expert legal advice on lease renewals, extensions, assignments and variations. This includes reviewing existing unfair and escalating ground rent provisions and any other undesirable lease terms.

Legal advice on any disputes arising between Landlord and Tenant regarding the terms of the lease.

Related services from Rotheras:

  • Lease renewals
  • Lease extensions
  • Lease assignments, sub-lettings, underlettings and variations
  • Service charges
  • Break clauses
  • Rent reviews
  • Termination of leases
  • Insurance
  • Recovery of possession
  • Personal guarantees
  • Responsibility for repairs
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Antony Fyson is a Partner at Rotheras Solicitors and offers clients a wealth of expertise in commercial property, property development and conveyancing matters.

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Tom Redgate is a Commercial Property specialist at Nottingham-based law firm Rotheras and is located at our Lace Market office in the heart of Nottingham City Centre.

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