Finding the right premises and managing commercial property are important for businesses of all sizes. On this page you can find articles, books and online resources providing news and guidance.
Steer clear of bear traps
Considers the issues around choosing commercial property in Great Britain, including lease length, cost predictability, and speed.
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SME guide to energy efficiency
Advice from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to help your business become more energy efficient, with ideas, case studies and tips to start reducing bills today. Topics covered include heating, lighting, office equipment and production equipment.
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Residential landlords must give new assured shorthold tenants a copy of the gas safety certificate before they move in, even if none of the gas equipment is actually in the flat. If they don’t, they will lose their entitlement to terminate the tenancy without giving a reason, a recent decision makes clear.
Landlords with unlet, unoccupied commercial properties will welcome a Court of Appeal ruling that a scheme allowing them to avoid paying business rates on them is valid and lawful.
Owners and occupiers of property should ensure they are clear whether their arrangements with each other amount to a lease or a licence, irrespective of the label, as their rights and obligations under each are very different, as a recent ruling makes clear.
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Empty rates: going for broke
A range of ingenious empty rates mitigation schemes are being offered, many of which have been tested in the courts.
United Kingdom Infrastructure report
An industry report for the UK construction industry. Includes ten-year growth forecasts to 2028.
British Property Federation (BPF)
The professional body representing the UK property industry provides information for commercial landlords and investors, including the BPF IPD Annual Lease Review report.
Small business property hub (RICS)
Guidance from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) covering a wide range of topics, including planning permission, business rates and valuations.
Code for Leasing Business Premises
The Code for Leasing Business Premises in England and Wales 2007 represents owners and occupiers, particularly in small business. Resources on the website include an Occupier Guide, Model Heads of Terms and supplemental briefing notes on environmental good practice.
An independent website providing businesses with free information, guides, calculators and checklists for a successful office move.
A non-departmental public body (NDPB) providing free advice on the law affecting residential leasehold property in England and Wales. Includes a practitioners directory and guides on the core issues that affect leasehold property, written by professional legal advisers.
Renting a business property: tenant responsibilities
GOV.UK government guidance
SME guide to energy efficiency
Advice from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to help your business become more energy efficient. Topics covered include heating, lighting, office equipment and production equipment, with case studies from businesses which used these methods to save money.
Atom Content Marketing guides
- Find premises for your business
Choosing the right premises is a major decision for many businesses. The right location can be critical for attracting customers and employees, while the premises themselves can significantly influence productivity.
- Find the right premises for growth
If you expect your business to grow quickly, it can be difficult to get suitable premises for your needs. Though you may not need much space now, the situation could be very different in 12 or 18 months' time.
- Getting out of a lease
As the needs of your business change, you may wish to get out of the lease on your premises. This is seldom easy. A lease is a legal contract, and your landlord can take you to court if you break it.
- Property licences
Moving into licensed property is easier, quicker and cheaper than taking on a lease or buying a freehold property. Licensed properties are often ideal for start-ups and smaller businesses.
- Rent reviews and rating assessments
Rent reviews are a mechanism for adjusting a tenant's rent to the current market level. Similarly, the revaluation of rating assessments adjusts the rates an occupier pays, bringing it into line with rental values.
- Renting premises
Compared with purchasing premises, renting is flexible and ties up a minimal amount of capital. Most businesses rent their premises, either through a lease or a licence.
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