Landlord and Tenant

Landlords and tenants of commercial properties each have responsibilities they are required to fulfil. Some obligations are stipulated by law, while others are set out in the terms of a commercial property lease or licence and are agreed upon when the relevant tenancy agreement is signed.

Generally, a landlord of a commercial property is responsible for all the fixtures and fittings they own and must ensure that these are safely installed and maintained properly.

A tenant is responsible for the safety and maintenance of any such fixtures and fittings they have installed. The responsibilities of a landlord will vary depending on the terms of the lease, and some of the responsibilities can be passed on to the tenants in the terms and conditions.

If you are looking for advice and guidance on landlord and tenant issues and want to discuss your next steps, please call Berlad Graham LLP today on 0330 175 5655.

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A commercial landlord is required to take action and carry out certain safety checks and repairs in the following areas:

  • Gas safety
  • Fire safety
  • Electrical Safety.
  • Managing asbestos.
  • Fixtures and Fittings.
  • General Maintenance and Repairs.
  • Health and Safety.
  • Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (EES).

A tenant of a commercial property is primarily required to manage the upkeep of the property and is responsible for the safety of the people that work there in relation to the areas detailed above.

Commercial Landlord Lease Drafting

Careful and considered drafting of commercial property leases and licences is crucial. Both landlord and tenant must be aware of and agree to their respective responsibilities for the commercial premises as laid out in a lease in order to avoid any confusion further down the line.

Commercial tenants may have the protection of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 (LTA). This grants a tenant with security of tenure by giving them the right to renew their lease at the end of the contracted term and the ability to remain in occupation on the property.

It is possible for a lease to be ‘contracted outside’ of the 1954 Act, meaning that a tenant will have to vacate the property at the end of the agreed term. Any agreement to contract out of the relevant provisions of the LTA will be invalid unless the correct procedure is followed.

There are many factors for landlords of commercial properties to consider when negotiating the terms of a contract with a tenant.

Our commercial property solicitors at Berlad Graham LLP are very experienced at drafting leases and licences and are able to advise on security of tenure and negotiating heads of terms. If you are a landlord of a commercial premises and want to rent it out or are worried that your tenant is not respecting the terms of their lease, please get in touch with our team today. You can call us on 0330 175 5655 or email

Commercial Landlord and Tenant Solicitors

Our solicitors at Berlad Graham LLP are able to advise on any landlord and tenant disputes that arise, including those involving:

  • Commercial rent arrears.
  • Adverse possession claims.
  • Dilapidations claims.
  • Boundary disputes.
  • Forfeiture.
  • Services of Notices.
  • Bankruptcy and Insolvency.

Contact Berlad Graham for legal advice 

To speak to our friendly, experienced, professional commercial landlord and tenant lawyers in Uxbridge today, please call 0330 175 5655 or email