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Course Short Term and Undocumented Occupation: A Toolkit


This course is aimed at junior commercial property lawyers and all commercial property advisers involved in management issues.

How to document a short-term or informal let? A solicitors’ 70-page lease isn’t an attractive or economic way of doing this; some landlords and their agents use standard form licence agreements and at the other end of the spectrum some commercial occupiers have little or nothing in writing to record the basis of their occupation.

This course focuses on the available options for landlords who want lettings documented at minimal expense and looks at the pros and cons of each from both a landlord’s and a tenant’s point of view.

It examines examples of informal occupation including unlawful assignments and sublettings, occupation by ‘phoenix’ businesses and lengthy undocumented holding-over situations and explains what (if any) obligations and rights the occupier has, how the landlord can regularise the position, what remedies are available to the landlord and what rent is payable. It also suggests practical measures for resolving things.

  • Letter licences and tenancies at will – when they work and when they don’t
  • What standard form leases are out there?
  • Technical issues – the limits to a DIY approach
  • The traps in the contracting-out process
  • Myths about periodic tenancies and six-month lets
  • On what basis can lease obligations such as repair be enforced against an informal occupier?
  • What are the possible legal analyses of the basis of occupation?
  • Is this just a landlord problem, or does it raise issues for the tenant as well?

You may also be interested in attending: Turnover Rents: Making them work in Practice which takes place at the same venue in the morning.

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