Issues regularly arise from the contract between landlord and tenant commonly referred to as the lease or tenancy. Such contracts range from six months assured shorthold tenancies to 999 year leases of residential flats.
There is a significant amount of legislation and case law regulating tenancies (the term used for shorter agreements) and leases (generally used for longer terms). This is particularly the case with regard to residential leases, although there is separate legislation in relation to business tenancies.
This is a complex area in which early advice is essential particularly where the possibility of forfeiture of the lease arises. There are many traps for the unwary and it is prudent to consider the various options at an early stage. The practice has significant experience in this area.