Business lease: unit on industrial estate

A comprehensive, professionally drawn business lease for a unit on an industrial estate or a business park. Suitable use classes B1, B2, B8, The use could be for any purpose, such as a workshop, factory, depot or warehouse. The unit could be one of a block under one roof or a stand-alone building. The lease includes the use of shared services on the park or estate, such as security, access roads, signs and parking and many other practical points. All the features you would expect and many practical options.

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About this lease

A lease to let a unit on an industrial estate or business park for use classes B1, B2, B8. The use could be for any purpose, such as a workshop, factory, depot or warehouse. The unit could be one of a block under one roof or a stand-alone building. The lease includes the use of shared services on the park or estate, such as security, access roads, signs and parking and many other practical points. All the features you would expect and many practical options. Full service charge provisions are included.

The lease has been drawn to prefer the interest of the landlord rather than the tenant.

Provided the term of the lease is seven years or less, it does not need to be registered at the Land Registry.

Similar industrial lease agreements

If you want to let a stand-alone unit with no common services provided, you could look at Workshop lease agreement.

We sell another version of this lease, aimed at property developers, solicitors and surveyors, that contains some additional paragraphs covering more technical points. You might be interested in looking at: Commercial property lease: unit on industrial estate or business park if you need any of the following:

  • provisions for sub-letting
  • provisions for an authorised guarantee agreement
  • extensive landlord's warranties
  • references to land registration for leases with a term greater than 7 years
  • prescribed lease clauses

If you are still not sure, there is more information at Which Net Lawman Business Lease?

Key features

Plain English is used throughout except where it is necessary to use legal terms common in this field of law.

The key features of this template can be summarised as:

  • standard guarantor
  • service charge provisions - specifically written for a unit that is part of an industrial estate or business park
  • options for transfer or assignment to another party
  • sub-letting forbidden
  • option to include a break clause for premature termination by the tenant
  • a choice of options for rent reviews
  • a draft agreement for a security deposit has also been included
  • opt-out of Sections 24-28 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954

The law in this lease

Commercial lease law is regulated primarily by the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954, amended many times.

Account has also been taken of:

  • the Landlord and Tenant (Covenants) Act 1995;
  • the Regulatory Reform Regulations 2003;
  • the Joint Committee's Code for Leasing Business Premises;
  • the RICS' Code on Service Charges.

In balancing the codes with the law and the interest of the Landlord, we have followed the codes where reasonable, but have always preferred the interest of the Landlord.

Lease contents

This lease agreement is comprehensive, providing alternative choices for important decisions.

The contents include 30 provisions and 3 schedules covering:

  • rent: period, amount, other payments, interest on overdue rent, periodic review
  • condition and repair
  • tenant’s warranties for authority
  • landlord’s warranties
  • tenant's positive obligations
  • restrictions on tenant: prohibited activities on the property
  • signs and advertisements
  • goods and vehicles
  • assignment of the lease
  • indemnities by the tenant
  • security deposit
  • insurance
  • access for landlord
  • guarantor
  • termination: default notice by landlord; provision for premature termination (a break clause)
  • forfeiture
  • security of tenure excluded
  • Schedule 1: the service charge
  • Schedule 2: rights reserved
  • Schedule 3: draft agreement for a security deposit

Scottish version of this lease

The law governing commercial leases is substantially different in Scotland as compared with England, Wales and Northern Ireland. In Scotland there is no equivalent to the Landlord and Tenant Acts. There is little legislation or case law relating to leases in Scotland. So the version we have drawn for our Scottish user is common law based.

On registration of leases in Scotland, only commercial leases for longer than 20 years must be registered in the Land Register of Scotland. However, the lease is often registered in the Books of Council and Session in Edinburgh.

For the Scottish version of this lease please select "Scotland" from the list in top box.

Draftsman

This document was written by a solicitor for Net Lawman. It complies with current English law.

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