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    Commercial property and their contracts are not my speciality and I have little experience in them.

    But a family friend has asked me what they can do about their commercial tenant who has failed to pay the rent for a couple of months and I said I'd ask for some advice.

    I appreciate that we don't have the particulars of the lease at the moment but I wondered if anyone could perhaps offer comment on a generic basis. IE; "usually the lease will say X, Y and Z and your remedies are A, B and C."

    Are there any statute protections that a commercial tenant enjoys similar to an AST? If, for example, the lease states that non-payment equals forfeiture of the lease, can she just go and change the locks and take back possession? Or are there processes to go through similar to Section 21 notices, et al.?

    Any advice, however general, is greatly appreciated.


    I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...



      Thank you for the first link. Ha Ha Ha, for the second (I have used LMGTFY myself in the past).

      I have been conducting my own internet research since posting, but I know there are many knowledgeable posters on here with perhaps greater insight than freely available information on the internet.


        It is important to understand what the lease agreement says as it determines your options as a landlord. In my case I appointed a solicitor and went through the court proceedings route. It took nearly a year for it to get sorted and thousands of pounds in legal costs but I won the case and the court ordered the tenant to pay the rent that was demanded plus costs. Whether the tenant will pay as ordered remains to be seen. The only benefit I got going via this route is it has saved me from non-domestic rates liability as the property is not easy to rent out and getting justice for the way the tenant just left the property without any notice whatsoever a few months down a 24-month lease.


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