An application was made by a business tenant for new lease of their commercial premises under part 2 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954. The landlord opposed the application on the grounds that the tenant had broken the lease terms by not using the property in accordance with the terms of the lease, failing to carry out repairs and creating more than one residential unit on the upper floors of the property.
We helped the landlord obtain evidence from their surveyor regarding the disrepair of the property. A private investigator also visited the property to check the business use of the ground floor and the occupancy of the upper floors. The tenant disputed the claim, however, before trial he agreed to surrender his lease and the landlord had vacant possession.