Helping you get the best out of your property

You will have different needs depending on where you are in your cycle of occupation.  Here is a checklist of what you might need to do:

Just moved in

  • Is your rates bill correct? Floor areas, valuation, right premises, right addressee? We can check this for free and can quickly tell you if you have a case to reduce your rates bill
  • Are you still dealing with dilapidations at your last property? Once you have vacated the landlord may do, or plan to do, significant work which supersedes the repairs that he has asked you to pay for. We can check this for you if you have not yet settled the repairing obligations yet with a view to removing expensive items from the Landlord’s claim

Mid term

  • Rent Review negotiation – If you don’t have an expert appointed to negotiate on your behalf the landlord will often not take your negotiation seriously. Don’t agree anything without asking a rent review specialist to look over the proposals first
  • Break Negotiation – tenants often overlook the opportunity to use a break option to renegotiate the lease. The key point is to do it early (a year or two before the break date) and understand the landlord’s objectives
  • Has anyone checked that your Business Rates are not over-valued or has the valuation been changed unexpectedly? – we can check the valuation at any point in your lease. It is free to do and we can quickly tell you if you have a case to reduce your rates bill
  • Is there a building site next door? – we can often agree a Business rates reduction during the period of site works

End of lease

  • Decide to Renew the Lease or Move or possibly Expand or Contract in situ – The operational decision has to be yours alone but we can advise on the cost implications of each option and once you have decided we will use our market and technical knowledge to negotiate better terms than you could expect to achieve directly
  • Last chance to check you have not been overpaying Business Rates – A successful reduction to you liability can be backdated for many years so before you move it is worth a last check to ensure any potential saving is captured
  • Early Exit or Contraction? Subletting, or surrendering office space early is often possible. We can advise you how to minimise the liabilities
  • Dilapidations and lease exit negotiations. This is the landlord’s last chance to bill you and they will have no future relationship with you to temper their business aims. It is worth checking that you are not paying for repairs that will never be done or, if you are being forced out, that you are not due compensation under your lease

Meet the Lease Advisory and Business Rates team

Richard Bourchier

Partner

Lease Advisory &
Business Rates

MRICS MCIArb

Robert Sherwill

Partner

Business Rates &
Lease Advisory

FRICS

James Acock

Partner

Lease Advisory &
Business Rates

MRICS

John Banbury

Partner

Lease Advisory &
Business Rates

Aoife Broderick

Senior Associate

Business Rates

MRICS

Ryan Stanton

Professional Services Consultant

Business Rates &
Lease Advisory

Arthur Landman

Graduate Surveyor

Lease Advisory &
Business Rates

Ysabella Argentieri

Trainee Surveyor

Lease Advisory &
Business Rates

Harry Barlow

Graduate Surveyor

Residential Auction

Adam Patel

Trainee Surveyor

Lease Advisory &
Business Rates

Minty Hanbury

PA

Business Rates &
Lease Advisory &
Commercial Investment - West End