We represent all types of businesses, from small retailers and restaurant operators to companies occupying small business units and other types of workspace.
The factors at play in commercial conveyancing differ hugely from residential sales and purchases, so the advice of a solicitor experienced in this area is essential.
Delays in completing transactions can severely impact your business. To avoid this we make it our business to meet all our commercial clients as early as possible in the process. We will clarify your requirements as precisely as we can, enabling us to negotiate any contract or lease for you as robustly as possible.
Once an agreement is signed, your business is committed to significant outlay over a considerable period — so it pays to get it right. At Gowen & Stevens, we make sure the terms are right for you.
The issues you should consider include the following:
- The date you want to take possession of the property. For retail businesses in particular, the opening date can be critical. If the property is not ready, will you be compensated?
- The length of the lease.
- Is there a break clause? Do you want to be able to get out of the lease at a certain point?
- What provision is there for rent reviews? How these clauses are worded is crucial, and we will ensure that your interests are protected as far as possible.
- What obligations will you have for repairing the property?
- How are service charges calculated?
- Is there any type of business activity you will not be allowed to carry on at the premises?
- What are your rights to remain in possession under The Landlord and Tenant Act, 1954?
- In what circumstances can you surrender the lease?
Buying and Selling a Commercial Property
Leases and Licences
Gowen & Stevens has experience of acting for property developers that ranges from turning back-gardens into building plots or converting offices to residential accommodation.
Lease Renewals and Rent Reviews
Increasingly today, a landlord may decide to grant a business lease “outside the terms of the Landlord and Tenant Act”. Such a decision may be beneficial for the landlord and the tenant should seek advice on its/his/her position.
Our Commercial Property department has extensive experience of dealing with a wide range of other types of work