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New guidance: RICS publishes new Code for leasing business premises

Landlords, tenants and property professionals will welcome a new version of the Code for leasing business premises in England & Wales, published by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

April 2020

This update was published in Legal Alert - April 2020

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The new ‘Code for leasing business premises (1st edition, February 2020) ’ replaces the 2007 version. The 2007 Code was voluntary but, for the first time, elements of the new Code are compulsory for landlords and agents who are RICS members or registered firms – they must be followed unless there is a justifiable reason not to. For non-members, the Code represents best practice.

RICS has also published an updated template for business lease heads of terms, a heads of terms checklist and, for tenants, an occupier's guide, to go with the new Code.

The new Code comes into force from 1 September 2020.

Operative date

  • 1 September 2020


  • Landlords, tenants and property professionals can download the new Code from the RICS website.
  • Professional advisors should consider updating their standard precedents to take account of the new Code, and carrying out necessary training for staff who are likely to draft or encounter business leases that follow the new Code.

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