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Are you a commercial tenant?

Frustration

As a commercial tenant, you might be entitled to terminate your lease on the basis of frustration due to the current pandemic. In particular this concerns businesses that have been financially affected by COVID-19 to the extent that continuing to pay the rent will be challenging.

In other words, you might not be under any legal obligation to carry on paying rent for your business premises that are currently not in use during the lockdown.

Normally, it is difficult to terminate a lease on the basis of frustration, but in these extraordinary times, you may well be able to do so.

Suspension of rent

Alternatively, you might want to suspend paying rent for your business premises that are not in use during the pandemic. Dependent on the wording of your lease, there is a real possibility that you might be eligible to claim a  suspension of rent due to COVID-19.

Whether or not you might be entitled to claim for  suspension of rent or frustration can  be assessed by us on an individual basis.

Important

Prior to getting in touch with us to determine whether you could legitimately suspend any rent payments or terminate the lease in its entirety, the following questions need to be considered:

  1. How has COVID-19 affected your business?
  2. Has anyone within your organisation been diagnosed with COVID-19 that resulted in your business premises being closed down?
  3. How long has your organisation been unable to use their commercial premises for?
  4. How likely is it that you will be able to carry on paying your current rent when the lockdown is over?

Get in touch

To discuss this further, please contact our property dispute specialist Richard Darbinian at Richard.Darbinian@wards.uk.com

 

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UPDATE October 2020

We have now re-opened our branches to clients but all appointments and visits must be pre-booked to comply with government guidance.

Availability for face-to- face meetings in branches will be limited and remote contact with teams – via phone, email or video call – is preferred wherever possible.  Our prime concern remains the safety of our clients and our staff.

Please note that all visitors to our offices must, by law, wear a face covering.

We cannot accept drop-in visits from clients without an appointment being made in advance. If you have documents for us, including for ID certification, please deliver them to our letterbox

How to get in touch:

  • Please email or telephone your usual lawyer or team, or
  • Please telephone the branch most convenient to you between 9am and 5:30pm, or email info@wards.uk.com at any time and we will respond to you as soon as possible.

We look forward to hearing from you.  A list of our 11 branches is available here.

Thank you.

Wards Solicitors LLP