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To serve or not to serve

Posted by admin on September 7, 2015


“To serve or not to serve that is the question Whether tis nobler in the mind to suffer The risks and uncertainties of a 54 Act continuation tenancy Or to take arms against the prospect of the renewal And by serving notice, to crystallise the rent, the term? No more, and by this notice, to say we end The heart-ache and the uncertainties of commercial lease expiry”

As we continue to experience difficult conditions within the South West commercial property market, the decision over what action to take, if any, on a contractual lease expiry, remains subject to some debate. There is no “one size fits all” solution as the best course of action depends on the individual circumstances, location specific market conditions, and the terms of the expiring lease.

It is critically important to give detailed consideration to the options available and the likely consequences, whether you are a landlord or a tenant.
Please see the table on the following page which details the reasons for and against service of notice to terminate the lease by either landlord or tenant.

In a strong market with good demand, where rental levels are likely to be maintained or increasing, the landlord should consider serving notice. In a weak market with poor demand where rental levels are likely to fall, the tenant should consider serving notice. In all cases, the parties should be alive to the possible consequences listed.

In considering what action to take, both landlords and tenants should always take proper professional advice from a suitably qualified and experienced landlord and tenant surveyor who can advise on market conditions and recommend the appropriate course of action. With our experience, expertise and in-depth market knowledge, we are ideally placed to ensure you achieve the right result.