Throughout the course of a lease or at the end of a lease, disputes concerning the property and the obligations of both the landlord and the tenant will frequently arise.
Disputes can arise in the initial negotiation of the lease, seeking to extend it, during the term of the lease or on terminating the relationship.
Legal advice from our team of property litigation lawyers is essential to help you identify the best course of action, negotiate the right settlement and complete any necessary legal documents to give effect to what is agreed.
With longer leases, disputes frequently arise concerning rent reviews and service charge issues. If your property requirements change and you need to get out of a lease, you can face a very difficult negotiation, particularly if you want to exercise a break clause or want to assign the lease or sublet the property.
Whether you want to continue to occupy the premises at the end of the lease or move on, the end of the contractual term of the lease can result in further issues, for example the grant of a further lease or a dilapidations claim. In all of these cases, expert advice and help can make all the difference.
We can also advise commercial landlords on the correct legal process for possession claims against defaulting tenants or illegal occupiers, alleviating aggravation and escalating costs.
Possession proceedings are a very technical area of law – errors with the notices or paperwork can result in the claim being struck out by the court. Timely advice from our property litigation lawyers will ensure the right results are achieved.
Members of our property litigation team are also experienced mediators and experts at negotiation and other forms of arbitration, aimed at resolving difficult situations with the minimum of fuss and cost.