Landlord & Tenant

Bruce Lance offers an extensive range of services for landlords and tenants, available at both its High Wycombe and Poole offices.

Our solicitors are committed to providing a first-rate service to both landlords and tenants, combining professional and technical skills with extensive practical experience. Our client base is wide-ranging, encompassing private individuals and commercial clients, and we deal with a wide variety of businesses and commercial premises (shops, offices and other commercial properties) as well as residential premises.

BL-HW-169Many businesses find it beneficial to seek our advice when deciding to take on leasehold premises. Specialist knowledge is invaluable when negotiating terms with a potential landlord to ensure that you do not agree to something that could become a cause for regret later. Issues that will need to be considered include the term of the lease, the security of the tenure, rent and rent reviews, whether your intended use is permitted, whether alterations are allowed, who is responsible for repairs, disposal terms and break clauses, service charges, Stamp Duty Land Tax, guarantees and rent deposits, and who is responsible for the landlord’s costs.

We also deal with residential tenancies, from the grant of these to their termination. There are a number of legal requirements that have to be met to ensure that a tenancy can be terminated. Another area in which issues can arise is the Tenancy Deposit Protection Scheme, which has been a legal requirement for residential landlords since April 2007. This scheme safeguards the interests of tenants who pay their landlord a deposit at the start of a residential let. It ensures that the landlord returns the deposit at the end of the tenancy, less only legitimate deductions, and provides a dispute resolution procedure to deal with any matters on which the two parties cannot reach agreement.

We like to build a relationship with our clients, and they in turn enjoy the reassurance that Bruce Lance is a long-standing, traditional firm that can be relied on to resolve any problems. Our solicitors’ expertise ensures that any legal process will be completed smoothly and to clients’ expectations.

Bruce Lance’s comprehensive range of landlord & tenant services includes:

Business premises:

  • Approving leases and short-term licences
  • Renewals of leases
  • Variations of leases
  • Surrenders of leases
  • Disputes between landlords and tenants during the term of the lease and termination
  • Transfer of leases
  • Subletting
  • Rent arrears collection

Residential premises:

  • Preparing and approving tenancy agreements
  • Disputes between landlords and tenants
  • Possession proceedings
  • Tenancy Deposit Protection Scheme advice
  • Rent arrears collection

Case studies

Bruce Lance has provided specialist advice on landlord & tenant cases of all kinds, including:

  • A charity with a large property portfolio embarking on multiple disposals of community-use buildings that included restrictive covenants and adverse rights of way.
  • The disposal of part of a site held by a charity that allowed the new tenant to construct a building for another charitable use.
  • Acting for a charity in connection with the disposal of a high-value residential property being readied for redevelopment.
  • Acting for a charity in connection with an agreement with a highways authority to secure access to a site being redeveloped.
  • Acquisition of residential buildings by a charity including SDLT considerations and claiming relief.
  • Acting in connection with the disposal by a charity of its interest arising under an equity-sharing arrangement in a residential building secured by a charge and restriction at the Land Registry.
  • Acting for a charity in connection with leases of community-use buildings to other charitable bodies.
  • Acting for an international consultancy practice in connection with a new lease of large, high-quality commercial office space.
  • Acting for the tenant in connection with the re-gearing of a large commercial office lease. Re-gearing is the process of replacing an existing lease with a new one and/or varying existing terms to the advantage of both landlord and tenant.
  • Redevelopment of a site that was formerly part of the garden of a large residential property, varying a restrictive covenant to allow the construction of two dwellings rather than one.
  • Acting for commercial landlords in connection with the redevelopment of a parade of shops with flats above, which required the termination of the existing residential leases.

  • Very efficient service.
    LM (freehold company), Poole
  • Bruce Lance did as I asked, helped during a difficult time and was diligent in communicating with me.
    Mr W, High Wycombe