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Posted on 28 January 2018

Top tips for negotiating a business lease

Posted in Advice

Whilst vacancy rates are steadily coming down and rents rising modestly in the Leeds commercial property market, well advised tenants can still negotiate from a position of relative strength when it comes to leases particularly those locating on the high street.

Make sure you:

  • Do not pay too much rent – if in doubt consult a local surveyor, plus check whether VAT is payable
  • Negotiate a rent free period
  • Are careful with rent review clauses
  • Have opportunities to terminate the lease early without onerous conditions attached
  • Do not over commit on the length of the lease
  • Take specialist advice on limiting your repairing obligation. Liabilities can severely damage your cash flow!
  • Negotiate a cap on any service charge
  • Can assign the lease and sublet the property
  • Check the Landlord is responsible for the buildings insurance, check the policy is adequate and paid to date and that you can terminate the lease in good time if the property is not usable following damage or destruction
  • Check planning permission and any other consents or licences are in place

Negotiating a business lease can be like finding your way through a maze – don’t get trapped! Let the legal experts guide you swiftly and safely through.