Our client had a traditional restaurant that was damaged because of fire. Our client’s landlord decided it should be them to make a claim to the insurance company and to refurbish the restaurant. Our client was very upset over this episode as the landlord does not have the experience to rebuild a traditional restaurant. Landlord had no contractual basis of interference. We met our client, prepared detailed notes and listened thoroughly to the case. We also studied a copy of the lease carefully; and then prepared an advice letter in support of our client’s case.
A meeting was then arranged between our client and their landlord. In that meeting our client took full advantage of our well-informed advice letter and challenged the landlord’s interference. Finally, the landlord agreed that it was our client’s contractual obligation to reinstate and restore the restaurant. A well-informed advice letter can assist clients to protect their self-interest.
What is a lease?
A lease is a contractual document between the landlord and a tenant with lots of complex legal clauses. It is difficult for a lay person to read, understand and interpret them. It also has list of landlord’s and tenant’s obligation which protects their self-interest, so in the event, when dispute arises in the near future then both parties can refer to their commitments as to what was agreed between them before forming a contractual relationship. This way both parties can resolve their dispute or disagreement amicably without having to litigate.
So if you are a tenant and your landlord is trying to take advantage by misinterpreting one of the clauses of the commercial lease in their favour then you should immediately take legal assistance from a qualified solicitor. We are more than happy to assist you.