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Where a lease is granted for seven years, do the parties need to appoint solicitors to act on their behalf? Can the landlord include a clause in the lease permitting the landlord to remove goods from the premises to the value of any arrears of rent? Is there a legal requirement to include terms in a commercial lease to address a tenant’s responsibilities regarding health and safety and fire safety obligations?

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Published on LexisPSL on 03/05/2018

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  • Where a lease is granted for seven years, do the parties need to appoint solicitors to act on their behalf? Can the landlord include a clause in the lease permitting the landlord to remove goods from the premises to the value of any arrears of rent? Is there a legal requirement to include terms in a commercial lease to address a tenant’s responsibilities regarding health and safety and fire safety obligations?
  • Where a lease is granted for seven years, do the parties need to appoint solicitors to act on their behalf?
  • Can the landlord include a clause in the lease permitting the landlord to remove goods from the premises to the value of any arrears of rent?
  • Is there a legal requirement to include terms in a commercial lease to address a tenant’s responsibilities regarding health and safety and fire safety obligations?

Where a lease is granted for seven years, do the parties need to appoint solicitors to act on their behalf? Can the landlord include a clause in the lease permitting the landlord to remove goods from the premises to the value of any arrears of rent? Is there a legal requirement to include terms in a commercial lease to address a tenant’s responsibilities regarding health and safety and fire safety obligations?

Where a lease is granted for seven years, do the parties need to appoint solicitors to act on their behalf?

There is no rule that the landlord and tenant must appoint solicitors in order to grant and take a lease. The parties are free to decide not to seek legal representation. However, a lease for a term of more than seven years must be registered at HM Land Registry by the tenant and the tenant is likely to require a solicitor for this purpose at least.

Where the lease is not registrable in its own right, any easements granted by that lease must be registered in order to take effect at law. Again, the tenant is likely to require a solicitor for this purpose. See:

  1. Checklist: Checklist for the creation and registration of easements

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