Agreements for lease

Agreements for lease guidance:

Pre-conditions—planning permission If the pre-letting agreement (the PLA) is conditional upon one of the parties (usually the landlord) obtaining planning permission, the...

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The landlord's works The pre-letting agreement ('the PLA') will set out the landlord's obligations to the tenant regarding the landlord's works. These will vary depending...

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Assignment by the tenant The more important a particular tenant is to the viability of a particular development, the more likely that the landlord will insist the tenant...

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An inherent defect may become apparent several years after the tenant has taken over the property. This may be long after: • the building contractor’s liability under the...

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Collateral warranties The typical terms of a collateral warranty provided to a tenant by a consultant, contractor or sub-contractor deal with: • compliance with...

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Rent commencement date Agreements for lease generally specify that the tenant is obliged to take the lease on, or within a short period after, certification of practical...

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A developer has a far greater prospect of securing both: • development finance from a funder to fund the costs of the development works, and • a commitment from an...

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Defects Defective workmanship is a feature of virtually every construction project. Very minor defects will be dealt with by a snagging list (see: Snagging list) but...

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An agreement for lease with development obligations can give rise to a variety of issues, eg the right to claim an extension of time, measurement, whether...

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Certification of practical completion under the agreement for lease (usually prompted by certification of practical completion under the building contract) triggers the...

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Delay in completion of the developer’s works can be of far greater concern to a tenant than, eg whether the works are in accordance with the specification or the...

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The tenant will appoint its own surveyor and other consultants to monitor the construction works and to represent the tenant’s interest in relation to various...

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Insuring the developer’s works As between the developer and the tenant, the developer should covenant: • to ensure that the developer’s works are insured against usual...

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If the developer fails to achieve practical completion by the target date set out in the agreement for lease, the tenant will expect to receive damages for the lost...

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In some cases, a developer and a tenant agree that the rent under the occupational lease will be a specified figure. However, in many other cases, the annual rent is...

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As-built drawings, health and safety file, etc In the context of a lease of an entire building, the tenant is likely to have both contractual and statutory liability for...

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Under an agreement for lease, the tenant’s obligation to take the occupational lease only arises once the developer’s works have been completed and are fit to be taken...

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Even if a specialist subcontractor is not providing any significant degree of design input in relation to its particular element of the developer’s works, it may well be...

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In some respects, the only real value in any contractual duty under an appointment or obligation under a collateral warranty lies in the professional indemnity insurance...

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A funder will often only agree to fund a development if it has been pre-let. The existence of the pre-let(s) comforts the developer’s funder that its lending position is...

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Plans, specifications, etc In most cases, the tenant will apply its own bespoke fit-out to the developer’s finish condition in which the premises is delivered at...

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Developer default Granting a tenant the right to terminate the agreement for lease in the event of default by the developer has potentially disastrous consequences for...

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Contracts often provide for a condition or conditions to be satisfied before completion takes place (eg obtaining planning permission) or, in some cases,...

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Contracts are often drafted on the basis that a condition or conditions must be satisfied before completion takes place (a condition precedent). Common conditions are: •...

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If there is no express provision on insurance in the agreement for lease then, under open contract: • neither party is obliged to insure the property, and • risk passes...

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The general rule At common law, there cannot be two agreements that cover the same ground. When a contract is completed by deed, insofar as they cover the same ground,...

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While this Practice Note primarily covers commercial property matters, it also touches on residential considerations. Time is generally not of the essence for completion...

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While this Practice Note primarily covers commercial property matters, it also touches on residential considerations. There is no common law requirement for a buyer to...

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Repudiation of a contract occurs where one party to it communicates to the other (through words or conduct) that they no longer intend to be bound by it, usually by...

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The term rescission is used to describe two very different remedies: • rescission ab initio, and • rescission for breach (or more accurately discharge by breach)...

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