We act for Landlords and Tenants across a spectrum of Lease events and areas of dispute. Primarily, we listen, interpret and engage, always with our clients motives as our primary focus. We couple this approach with our technical acumen and knowledge of our local markets, which means we deliver outstanding results for our clients
Rent review clauses are arguably some of the most complex provisions of a lease, and early advice is paramount. Leases are becoming shorter and more flexible, but advice on whether open market, turnover linked, CPI or RPI indexed and whether collar and caps are appropriate all come down to the understanding of the clients objectives. we take time to understand and fulfil your needs
Whether you are a Landlord or Tenant, whether the lease is 1954 Act protected, whether you intend to renew, and the fundamentals of the market all impact on the negotiating position. In addition to advising on lease terms, we collaborate with Building Surveying and Agency teams to provide robust advice set against the market
Break Clauses are a provision of leases that permit either Landlord or Tenant (or both) to bring a lease earlier than expiry. The conditions of break notice service must be strictly adhered, in order to not invalidate the break notice, so early advice is paramount
A lease re-gear provides an opportunity for the tenant to negotiate benefits such as a lower rental, realigning break clauses to match their own business targets, receiving a capital payment/rent free period or negotiating favourable repairing obligations. For a Landlord, a re-gear provides an opportunity to secure a tenant for a longer period, or positive derivation to the terms. In that context it is a ‘win/win’ scenario and is worth exploring by both parties
Dilapidations relates to breaches of a tenant’s lease obligations or covenants. A dilapidation claim can be made by the Landlord against the Tenant during or towards the end of a lease, or after the lease has ended. Schedule of Dilapidations will contain references to breaches of the tenant’s lease obligations, mainly relating to physical alterations and their reinstatement, redecoration and repair. Lease clause wording can significantly affect your liabilities, so start thinking about dilapidation liability prior to signing a lease, but also take earlier advice before lease expiry to mitigate the cost of any claim
An expert witness is a person engaged to give an opinion based on experience, knowledge and expertise. The overriding duty of an expert witness is to provide independent and impartial evidence to the court or tribunal. Whether you need an expert witness in land, property or construction CSquared have experts to assist
Alistair heads our Lease Advisory department and is the founding partner of CSquared. Our ethos is based on Partner led, constructive and considered advice.