Landlord and Tenant

Kingsley Napley’s established Real Estate team has acted for landlords and tenants for many years, building up expert knowledge in this area.

Our team advises both landlords and tenants in relation to agreements for lease (including pre-lets), leases, re-gearing of leases, lease renewals, assignments, authorised guarantee agreements, licences, rent deposits and surrenders.

We also advise on a variety of potentially complex issues including:

  • The interpretation of leases e.g.  rent review clauses and service charge provisions
  • Tenant  insolvency – rights and remedies
  • Exercising  break clauses
  • Lease renewals under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 together with any tactical considerations

In our experience, the more you can agree in the heads of terms, the faster the transaction will proceed.
By instructing a solicitor at the outset whilst negotiating the heads of terms they are better able to highlight any key points and apportionment of risk. This will ensure the heads of terms strike a fair balance between the parties and the transaction proceeds more quickly.

We can assist with all legal aspects of property portfolio management, from drafting commercial property lease agreements or advising on residential tenancy agreements, to offering lease extension advice. We work with teams throughout the firm to provide specialist, collaborative advice

The team also advises clients on any reconfiguration of their occupational requirements, whether divesting themselves of space or seeking new space. By ensuring our clients know that they are in safe hands, they can concentrate on running their own business. 

Tenants – Things to think about

  • Term (or length) of the lease to be entered into
  • ’54 Act implications
  • Break clauses – flexibility and impact on rental levels
  • Repair
  • Alienation
  • Alterations

Whilst these points give food for thought they are not the complete picture and you should speak to one of the team for specific guidance based on your commercial requirements.  Our team regularly provide blogs on a range of Real Estate services. You may also find the two blogs below of interest:

Where your heads are at (Where your heads are at)

Heads of Terms – key pointers for a commercial tenant


Landlord – Things to think about

  • Term
  • Security / covenant strength
  • Investment value
  • Tenant ‘mix’ in the portfolio / location
  • Clean investment – preservation/enhancement of value
  • Insurance issues


Landlord and Tenant Insights

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FAQs on the Building Safety Fund - act now for assistance in replacing non-ACM cladding

Update to the Government’s advice on home moving during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Buying a house: the pitfalls for unmarried same-sex couples

Conveyancing in a time of COVID-19: Can I still exchange contracts on my property?

Minimum energy efficiency standards – B (or C) prepared

Considering renting out spare office space?

Tenant Fees Act 2019 - What do Landlords need to know?

S21 no-fault eviction notices to be abolished – disaster for Landlords?

Real Estate Directorship may carry a real risk

S.D.L.T. on SDLT (Solicitors Don’t Lose Time on Stamp Duty Land Tax)

The NeverEnding (Lease) Story: how poor drafting can create a 2000 year mistake

Brexit: "It was not this that I promised to do"

Property regulation - Important changes to HMO legislation

The Only Way Is Up

The basics of Build to Rent

The Law Commission to look to reform Right to Manage legislation

Minimum three year residential tenancy – disaster for landlords?

Tenant Fees Bill: What does it mean for tenants?

Break no Mistake

Indexed Rent Reviews – are we getting them right?

Tips for tenants on keeping pets and pawtential for change?

Renewing a commercial lease under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 – Don’t forget to re(in)state the position

Protect your Property: 3 Simple Steps

Is it RIP for the RPI?

Lights, Camera, Legal Action - Are Verbally Agreed Heads of Terms of a Filming Location Agreement Binding?

Lessees beware - Insurance proceeds are not enough!

The Life and Soul of the Party Wall Act - top tips on how to maintain a good relationship with your neighbours

Renting out your home or buy to let property on Airbnb could land you in hot water with your mortgage lender

Are you a “responsible” host? Airbnb enforces 90 night annual limit for London hosts

Check your lease before you list for Airbnb – a warning of the pitfalls of leasehold covenants

Immigration Act 2016: Government tackling illegal migration or passing the buck?

Government publishes guidance on changes to tax relief for residential landlords

Severing a joint tenancy may be easier than you think

Landlords’ Right to Rent check obligations – mind the data protection, equality and criminal sanctions traps

Office fit-outs: Are you aware of the insurance risks?

Deregulation Act relaxes restrictions on short-term lets in London

‘Right to rent’ checks must begin – more responsibilities for landlords

Rent Act tenants and vacant possession – the key to unlocking development potential

The Immigration Act 2014 - private landlords to check on tenants' immigration status

Beware of Mayoral Community Infrastructure Levy (“CIL”)

Key considerations when exercising a break clause

Break clauses in commercial property

Changes to the law of distress – more red tape for landlords?

Assured shorthold tenancies – one less banana skin...

Vacant retail property - how to deal with unwanted Christmas traders

Heads of Terms – key pointers for a commercial tenant

Empty Rates temporary relief scheme for newly built commercial sites

A history lesson for property owners: will the chancel repair liability changes affect you?

Tackling illegal immigration in privately rented accommodation - issues for landlords

Landlords and Managing Agents take note - the importance of getting the address right

Squatting becomes a criminal offence (again)

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