For Business

The relationship between landlords and tenants is complex, subject as it is to wide ranging statutes, decades of decided cases and many regulations. The solicitors in Clifton Ingram’s Dispute Resolution and Property departments are experts in property litigation and are ready and can provide bespoke assistance suited to your personal needs.

Problems in the commercial field fall within a number of areas, including:

  • Granting of a lease;
  • Buying an existing lease as landlord or tenant;
  • Ongoing liability of a tenant after selling their lease;
  • Renewal of a lease;
  • Responsibility of a tenant for dilapidations at the end of a lease
  • Exercising break clauses correctly; and
  • The relationship between co-tenants.

Not only do we regularly advise both commercial landlords and tenants on issues such as rent and service charge arrears, but also on more complex questions that concern the interpretation of terms in a commercial lease. Disputes between commercial landlords and tenants can be very difficult to resolve, especially where both parties genuinely believe that they are not at fault.

The most common and potentially the most expensive commercial property disputes concern the cost of repairing, redecorating and reinstatement at the end of a long lease where the legal liability will depend on the precise meaning of a word. This could, for instance, be “repair” as it appears in a particular clause.

At Clifton Ingram, we advise both residential landlords and tenants on all matters arising under leases, including:

  • Claims for outstanding rent or service charges;
  • Possession and enforcement of covenants;
  • Applications for new tenancies;
  • Payment of deposits; and
  • Liability for repairs.

As we regularly deal with both residential and commercial property disputes, we are able to advise on:

  • General principles;
  • Current case law;
  • The relevance of questions of “betterment” and “supersession”; and
  • Potential defences based on section 18 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1927.

At Clifton Ingram, we also advise surveyors who often find themselves being asked questions that are essentially of a legal nature.

Contact our Property Litigation Solicitors in our Wokingham, Reading and Farnham, Thames Valley and M3 Corridor offices

From taking on an early advisory role during negotiations to constructing a robust case to take to court, we will work in partnership with you to develop an individual strategy to suit your personal needs. Our solicitors at Clifton Ingram can advise you on any aspect of a property dispute and can handle your case swiftly and effectively. We are a highly experienced, proactive and down-to-earth team of solicitors; bringing a high quality and professional service to your local area.

We regularly advise clients across the South East, including Berkshire, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Surrey, Wiltshire and London. Speak to one of our team today to see how we can help on 0118 978 0099. Our solicitors will move fast to find a solution personal to you.

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