Break options

Break options guidance:

Break conditions must be strictly complied with. If a condition provides that any outstanding rent is paid up, the tenant must make sure that it is paid in full and on...

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Break clauses—commercial importance Commercially, the break clause is likely to be a key clause for a tenant to give it flexibility. Failure to comply with the terms of...

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A tenant's right to break is often conditional on compliance with covenants. The extent to which those conditions must be satisfied depends on whether they are absolute...

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Where a tenant has protection under Part II of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 (LTA 1954), service by the landlord of a contractual notice to exercise a break clause...

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It is crucial that the requirements in a break clause—as to form and service of the notice and not just the conditions on the option—are complied with to the letter. The...

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What is a break clause? A break clause is a clause that allows a landlord and/or a tenant to end a lease before the expiration of the fixed term, often at a particular...

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Time is generally of the essence for serving a notice to exercise a break option or clause in a lease. This Practice Note covers the need to comply with the mechanics of...

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It is crucial to identify the correct party when serving notices. A notice containing an error may still be valid, but the notice must be so clear and unambiguous as to...

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This Practice Note addresses some of the common issues encountered when serving a break notice. A break notice is a contractual notice. Therefore, whilst some general...

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In Mannai v Eagle Star the House of Lords upheld as valid a contractual break notice containing an obvious error on the ground that a reasonable recipient would not have...

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Tenants under farm business tenancies do not enjoy any long-term security of tenure. However, the Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995 (ATA 1995) affords a degree of statutory...

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Vacant of people If the contract states that the property is to be sold with vacant possession, the seller must ensure that any existing tenants or other occupiers...

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The general common law principle is that when a lease comes to an end any underlease automatically terminates. Consensual termination—surrender and merger Statute...

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The case law on withdrawal of notices involves notices to quit (NTQ). However, it appears to be accepted, in practice, that the rules apply to the withdrawal of break...

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Whether a tenant has yielded up, with or without vacant possession, is a question of fact and degree. Most modern leases contain an express covenant on the part of the...

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