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Helping landlords and tenants to resolve commercial rent disputes
It’s no secret that commercial rent arrears have surged throughout the last 12 months, and with the Government’s Code of Practice for Commercial Property Relationships published in June 2020, it’s important for both commercial landlords and tenants to be able to negotiate agreements for the future.
Our commercial rent arrears solicitors can help
Recently announced legislation is likely to be fast tracked through parliament, effectively forcing landlords and tenants into arbitration – which could severely impact any rent discussions. With that in mind, our property litigation and debt recovery experts will work closely with both commercial landlords and tenants to provide legal advice and support during negotiations. We can help both parties reach commercial solutions and if the situation dictates as such, we can also act for parties who wish to pursue or resist debt recovery.
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Led by Martin Edwards, our commercial rent dispute resolution team helps both commercial landlords and tenants negotiate sustainable futures with practical legal advice.
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Meet our commercial rent dispute resolution team
Commercial Landlord Rent Dispute Resolution
We help commercial landlords negotiate with tenants regarding their property agreements.
We understand that as a landlord, you may wish to strike a balance between protecting capital value and generating income quickly. We also understand the difficulties faced by many commercial landlords since the pandemic hit the UK, and how important it is to maintain bank interest covenants. This is especially important for landlords of office space, industrial premises and retail buildings, who are seeing commercial rent arrears rise as tenants take advantage.
As of 25 March 2022, the Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Bill has now been lifted meaning that agreements must be put in place for how commercial landlord and tenant relationships proceed now the temporary legislation is lifted. Any unsuccessful landlord-tenant negotiations could result in both parties entering binding arbitration.
How our commercial rent dispute experts can help you
Our commercial rent arrears solicitors will help you negotiate with your tenants and work towards a sustainable future for your enterprise.
We have a team of experts in property litigation and debt recovery who can provide legal advice to you for negotiations with commercial tenants. We can give specialist support to help you find a commercial solution, or equally, we’re able to represent you throughout the commercial rent arrears recovery process.
To find out more call us on 0330 024 0333, or request a call back and one of our experts will be in touch.
Code of Practice
Simon Clarke MP, Minister for Regional Growth and Local Government, said: “Our transition back to normality will take time and the Government will continue to monitor the economy to determine whether further intervention is necessary.”
As a commercial landlord, it’s important to read the Government’s Code of Practice – one of many steps taken to help rebuild the UK’s economic profile.
Landlords - your questions answered
The ability to forfeit a lease due to non-payments was suspended in 2020, and this suspension has been extended until 25 March 2022. You can’t evict your tenant in the same way you would have previously – and, finding new tenants in this climate will prove difficult.
Should you wish to, it is possible to proceed with suing your tenant for commercial rent arrears accrued during the pandemic. However, upcoming new legislation is on its way and is likely to remove the ability to go to Court, forcing landlords and tenants instead into using the arbitration process to resolve their differences over rent arrears but only for this period.
Therefore if this is the route you want to pursue, we recommend you contact us as soon as possible. With government bans and restrictions on the usual remedies for commercial landlords, it’s important to seek legal advice if you are still owed money from your tenant.
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Commercial Tenant Rent Dispute Resolution
We can help commercial tenants negotiate with landlords regarding their property agreements and rent disputes.
Since the pandemic hit the UK in 2020, there has been a surge in financial strain among commercial tenants. This, coupled with uncertainty and stress surrounding the future of relationships with landlords, has given rise to mass confusion.
With our help, you could save money and keep your landlord happy. We know tenants are keen to keep things flexible for moving on or making other changes to their business.
So what happens next?
Now the moratorium is lifted, it will be expected that rent payments for commercial property will resume, but naturally, there will be questions from both tenants and landlords regarding their agreements.
Unfortunately, the courts are and will continue to be overloaded with rent dispute claims and there is little that can be done, other than to attempt negotiations without court proceedings. If parties are looking for a quicker resolution, we recommend getting in touch with our team.
Remember, the moratorium has not suspended the tenant’s liability to continue paying commercial rent during the pandemic. Tenants are still at risk of being sued for the recovery of those rent arrears. Whilst there is new legislation on its way forcing landlords and tenants into using the arbitration process to resolve their differences instead of going to Court, that is only likely to cover arrears due over the period of the pandemic.
Tenants remain liable to pay their rent going forward as it falls due and landlords will still be able to sue for recovery of rents falling due once the current pandemic is over.
How our team can help you
We will help you negotiate with your landlord, so you can come to an arrangement that minimises the impact on you and your business.
Our team has high levels of experience in commercial tenant representation. We have a team of experts in property litigation and debt recovery who can provide legal advice for negotiations with your landlord. We can give specialist support to help you find a commercial solution, or equally, we’re able to represent you in terms of resisting commercial rent arrears recovery.
To find out how we can help you and your business call us on 0330 024 0333, or request a call back and one of our experts will be in touch.
Tenants - your questions answered
Not right now – not until 25 March 2022. Remember the period between now and then is not rent-free, and you are still legally obliged to pay even after the moratorium is lifted.
While your landlord may not be able to evict you, they can still take legal action if you breach any covenants included in your lease.