Commercial premises law

Whether your business owns or rents premises, your legal liabilities can be substantial. Commercial property law is complex, but you can avoid common pitfalls.

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Commercial premises law - overview

Whether your business owns or rents premises, your legal liabilities can be substantial. Commercial property law is complex, but you can avoid common pitfalls.

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Your premises options - overview

Choosing premises for your business doesn't just mean finding the right space in the right location - you also need to think about lease terms.

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Getting out of a lease - overview

Getting out of a lease if your property requirements change while you are leasing commercial premises can leave you in a difficult situation.

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Rent reviews - overview

The rent review provisions of a typical lease can present a major headache if you suddenly find yourself faced with a substantial rent increase.

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Managing your premises - overview

A planned maintenance program for managing your premises can help minimise damage and the costs of repairs for your business premises.

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Buying premises FAQs

Buying premises may be one of the largest investments you make in your business. Understand the process and have all the legal bases covered.

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Getting out of a lease FAQs

If you need to get out of your lease there may be several options available, including terminating the lease, re-assigning the lease and sub-letting.

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Leasing premises FAQs

Leasing premises is often the most appealing option for businesses. The right lease gives you a secure base without the costs of buying a freehold.

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Property licences

Moving into licensed property is easier, quicker and cheaper than taking on a lease or buying a freehold property. Our overview of premises licences.

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Rent reviews and rating assessments

Rent reviews and business rates revaluations can cost you money. How to judge whether an increase is reasonable, and how to challenge an increase.

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Rent reviews FAQs

Rent reviews are a mechanism for adjusting a tenant’s rent to the current market level. You negotiate a rent review with your landlord.

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Renting premises

Most businesses rent their premises, either through a lease or a licence, as it's flexible and ties up minimal capital. Our guide to what to consider.

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Commonhold

Commonhold schemes are intended for commercial and residential multi-occupancy properties with extensive common facilities and structures.

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How to avoid under-insurance

Finding out that your insurance doesn’t cover you after an incident can be devastating. Make sure you have the right amount of cover.

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Find specialist flood insurance

If you're finding it hard to get insurance because of flood risk, this tool can help you track down a specialist insurer.

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Online planning application tool

Most planning applications are submitted online. Use the tool on the Planning Portal website to apply to every local authority in England and Wales.

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Planning fees calculator

Visit the Government’s Planning Portal website to calculate the fees for any planning application you’re considering in England.

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RICS Small business property guide

When taking on business premises, key issues you may face are choosing premises, negotiating a lease, challenging dilapidations claims, sub-letting.