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Leases, Surrenders and Subleases 

A commercial lease is a contract between the tenant and the landlord. It sets out the tenants’ rights to occupy the premises and their obligations to pay rent and abide by the rules set by the landlord. These rules can be complex and vary from lease to lease. They depend on the type of business you run, the premises you’re renting and your bargaining power. Finding the right expert to help you understand and negotiate these rules is vital to ensure you get a fair bargain. 
A sublease is a legally binding contract made between a tenant and a new tenant. The sublease gives the subtenant the right to share or to take over the rented premises from the first tenant. The subtenant pays rent directly to the first tenant while the first tenant pays rent directly to the landlord. The landlord still holds the first tenant directly responsible for the rent and for any damage, including any caused by the subtenant. Usually, the first tenant must get consent from the landlord before he/she is allowed to sublease the premises.  
It’s increasingly difficult for occupiers to negotiate a lease surrender with a landlord. With high vacancy rates and low demand, landlords will often be reluctant to entertain a tenant surrendering the lease unless they pay a substantial premium. However, with the right early advice, it is possible. The key to negotiating a lease surrender is to be properly informed. When negotiating a lease surrender, we will calculate the net present value of all the liabilities of the lease for you, including: 
Running costs 
Service charges 
Business rates. 
It’s only when you have the full facts that you can make a decision on lease surrender terms. 
If you are the landlord and one of your tenants is asking for a lease surrender you need to be aware of the risks in order to make an informed decision. 
Our Commercial property team have extensive experience in dealing with leases, subleases and surrenders. 
Contact us on 01423 564551 or email us on info@powell-eddison.co.uk to arrange your free, no obligation consultation with our commercial leasing specialists. 
Andrew Parascandolo 
Managing Partner 


Phone: 01423 564551 
Email: ap@powell-eddison.co.uk 
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