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Landlord and Tenant Solicitors

Landlord and tenant law is a complex and nuanced area of legal practice, because it can vary greatly depending on the provisions of each individual contract. If you’re seeking to set up a tenancy agreement for a commercial property, or need legal representation or advice on a tenancy arrangement, Ramsdens’ specialist landlord and tenant solicitors can help.

Our team has a wealth of experience in this area and can provide practical advice to help you to achieve the outcome you desire. If you’re a landlord, you may need guidance on changing the terms of a tenancy when a lease is renewed or understanding your obligations when it comes to responding to requests from the tenant to transfer the lease.

Alternatively, you may be a tenant hoping to explore underletting, assignment, or an early end to your lease, or simply need legal support in understanding your rights and responsibilities in a new commercial lease. Our landlord and tenant solicitors are thorough and experienced, and will help you to pursue your desired outcome with a personal touch.

Whether you’re a landlord or tenant, our team can advise on any matters related to residential or commercial tenancy agreements, or provide legal representation if you need it. Contact our team of landlord and tenant solicitors today by calling 01484 821 500, or fill out the online enquiry form on this page and we will be in touch at a time that is suitable for you.

How our landlord and tenant solicitors can help

At Ramsdens, our commercial property solicitors have extensive experience of reviewing leases for commercial properties and offering practical, thorough advice to tenants and landlords. Our team has a strong understanding of the nuances of the law in this area and can help you to prepare a tenancy agreement that protects your interests, or to understand the parameters of an agreement before you sign.


We can advise on any aspect of landlord and tenancy law, including:

  • Drafting and negotiating new leases
  • Lease renewals
  • Assignments and underletting
  • Surrenders of lease
  • Agreements for lease
  • Licenses to assign or underlet

As a commercial tenant, you may have multiple premises, each with different landlords, contracts, and requirements to deal with. Our team can help to ensure that you understand and meet your obligations, and negotiate on your behalf when signing or renewing a lease to make sure the agreement is right for your business.


If your lease is coming to an end, we can advise you on whether there is scope to renew it or whether there is a formalised process for initiating a termination of the contract, if you decide you want to withdraw from the agreement. The provisions of your tenancy agreement will often determine your options with regards to the end of a lease.

Why choose our landlord and tenant team?

At Ramsdens, we understand the value that a strong relationship between a landlord and tenant can have; if the arrangement is mutually beneficial for both parties, it can continue to be successful for many years. Our landlord and tenant solicitors recognise this and want to help by reviewing contracts and ensuring that each party is aware of their rights and obligations, and is getting exactly what they need from the agreement.


By choosing our expert team, you will benefit from years of experience, a nuanced understanding of landlord and tenant regulations and a friendly, professional service. We have represented both landlords and tenants with great success, and can also help to resolve disputes should they arise. Our work in this area is always guided by our clients’ needs, so we’ll listen to you, understand what you want to achieve, and make sure we provide the best and most practical advice.


FAQs

How is lease renewal different from a rent review?

A rent review is a process by which the current market value of a commercial property is reviewed and updated. If the property has increased in value, this will usually result in an adjustment to rent to account for the difference. They typically happen every three to five years, but this and other details of the rent review process will usually be enshrined in a commercial lease.

Lease renewal may also involve a rent review, but it occurs after a commercial lease comes to an end. For this reason, the tenant is under no obligation to continue the lease and this can offer them an opportunity to review the terms of the lease, or to negotiate new terms, depending on market conditions.

Lease renewal is not an automatic process. Thanks to the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954, a landlord or tenant may need to initiate termination procedures to bring an end to a commercial lease, as specified by the contract. If they fail to do so, the lease may not end automatically when the tenancy period ends, and can continue indefinitely if it is not renewed or terminated.

Not all leases are covered by the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954, so if you are unsure, it’s best to seek expert legal advice before making a decision.

CONTACT US

Whether you are a tenant or a landlord, no matter your circumstances, Ramsdens is happy to provide expert legal advice tailored to your individual needs. We offer our services throughout Yorkshire, with phone or video consultations, or in person at one of our 14 offices across the county.

Call us for free on 01484 821 500, or submit your claim online and a member of the team will get back to you as soon as possible.

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