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Are you a commercial landlord? We can maximise your investment.

For over fifty years Richard Lionel & Partners have represented landlords occupying commercial properties (Retail Shops, Restaurants, Offices/ Surgeries and Warehouse/Industrial) seeking assistance when faced with a rent review or lease renewal. With our expert knowledge of commercial property and the 1954 Landlord & Tenant act, we ensure that a landlord’s investment performs to its maximum.

 

 

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Maximise Your Investment With Our Help!

If you are a Commercial Landlord of either a shop, office or industrial /warehouse property and wish to ensure that your investment performs to its maximum potential, talking to Richard Lionel & Partners is your first step.

Leases relating to commercial property can be complex documents which need analysing and understanding when negotiating a Rent Review or Lease Renewal.

Landlords need to be safe in the knowledge that they receiving the best open market rental value and Richard Lionel and Partners have for the past fifty years ensured this to be the case.

As an example, an additional £20,000 p.a. rental income may equate to an additional £400,000 on the capital value of a property and considerably more on larger buildings hence the importance of a niche company such as Richard Lionel and Partners handling the Rent Review or Lease Renewal on your behalf.

 

Our specialist Landlords Rent Review division has since 1966 been negotiating and increasing client’s investment values by many millions of pounds by offering highly cost effective advice and expert representation.

Rent Reviews

Commercial property leases normally have a provision for a rent review where at a specified date, the Tenant may receive a proposal from the Landlord to adjust the rent to what they believe is the current market level. Rent reviews take place at whatever intervals are agreed in the rent review clause(s) in the commercial lease however most leases specify that in order to prevent Landlords proposing excessive increases, the rent should be based upon the open market rental value. Tenants have the opportunity to oppose the proposed increases should there be no justification or evidence to support a lower rent than proposed.

Lease Renewals

When a commercial lease expires, Tenants have an option to either vacate the premises they occupy or begin the process of renewing the lease. There are many potentially complicated aspects which need to be taken into account however a crucial factor will be to determine whether the lease is within the 1954 Landlord and Tenant Act which offers Tenants the legal right to renew the lease and strengthens their negotiating position. An in-depth knowledge of the current market rents is also crucial when agreeing terms. A lease renewal can be triggered by either the Landlord or Tenant by serving a Section 25 or 26 Notice and legal advice will be required in order to do so.

Rent Negotiation

Most rent reviews and lease renewals are agreed via a process of negotiation as opposed to arbitration. Both the Landlord and Tenant will seek comparable evidence in order to justify their proposals and present their findings to each party in order to commence a negotiation. Tenants will seek and require the lowest possible comparable evidence in order to strengthen their negotiation position which will be used when negotiating with either the Landlord or their representative. The lease is also crucial to any negotiation as there may be clauses contained within which affect the bargaining power of one or both parties.

Dispute Resolution

On occasions when rent negotiations fail, a Commercial lease will include provisions for Arbitration or Expert Determination. Either a Landlord or Tenant can apply for the appointment of a Third Party by seeking from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) for either an Arbitrator or Independent Expert to be elected. Both parties will have the opportunity to put their case via a written submission to the Third Party who will eventually determine the rent. The decision of the Third Party regarding the revised rent is final and both Landlord and tenant must accept the result.

FIVE REASONS TO CHOOSE RICHARD LIONEL & PARTNERS

FREE LEASE ANALYSIS

Take advantage of our initial free lease analysis service available to all potential and existing clients.

EXPERIENCE

With almost 50 years of rent review experience we are able to ensure the best results possible.

DATABASE

Our comprehensive property database is available and a vital tool for all rent reviews and lease renewals!

COST EFFECTIVE

We offer competitive cost effective fee structures which include ‘performance’ based and/or fixed fees.

PERSONAL ATTENTION

Our dedicated rent review team promise personal attention at all times offering creative solutions and advice.

How can we help? Have a look at our case studies to see how we are cost effective for our clients

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WHO WE ARE

London’s Leading Rent Review and Lease Renewal Specialists who for over fifty years have acted for both Landlords and Tenants ensuring the very best commercial property results.

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