As a commercial landlord, disputes with tenants are an unfortunate reality.
These disputes can range from minor issues such as late rent payments to more serious concerns like property damage or breach of contract. Regardless of the nature of the conflict, it is important to handle these situations in a way that protects your rights as a landlord. In this article, we will provide you with a solicitor’s guide on how to handle tenant commercial property disputes.
The first step in handling any tenant dispute is to document everything. This includes any communication you have with the tenant, any written agreements or contracts, and any evidence of the issue at hand.
Make sure to keep a record of all emails, phone calls, and letters exchanged with the tenant. If the dispute involves property damage or other physical issues, take photographs or video footage as evidence. The more documentation you have, the stronger your case will be should you need to take legal action.
Communicate With the Tenant
Before jumping straight into legal action, it is important to communicate with the tenant and try to resolve the issue amicably. Schedule a meeting with the tenant to discuss the dispute and try to find a mutually beneficial solution.
Be sure to listen to the tenant’s side of the story and take their concerns seriously. You may be able to agree without having to involve lawyers or go to court.
Know Your Rights
As a commercial landlord, it is essential to know your rights and obligations under the law. Familiarise yourself with your lease agreement and any local or state regulations that may apply to your situation.
This knowledge will help you determine whether the tenant is in breach of the lease agreement and what legal options are available to you.
Seek Legal Advice
If you cannot resolve the dispute through communication, it may be necessary to seek legal advice. A solicitor who specialises in commercial property disputes can advise you on your legal rights and help you determine the best course of action. They can also help you draft legal documents such as eviction notices or breach of contract letters.
Consider Alternative Dispute Resolution Methods
Going to court should be a last resort. There are several alternative dispute resolution methods that you may consider before taking legal action. Mediation, for example, is a process in which a neutral third party helps the parties involved reach a mutually acceptable solution. This can be a less expensive and more efficient way to resolve disputes than going to court.
Take Legal Action if Necessary
If all else fails, you can take legal action to protect your rights as a landlord. This can include filing a lawsuit, evicting the tenant, or seeking damages for breach of contract or property damage. Make sure to follow all legal procedures and deadlines to avoid any potential legal issues.
Handling tenant commercial property disputes can be a challenging and stressful experience. However, by following the steps outlined above, you can protect your rights as a landlord and find a solution that works for both parties. By taking these steps, you can minimise the impact of disputes on your commercial property and protect your investment for years to come.
Van Eaton Solicitors
Van Eaton Solicitors has extensive experience assisting landlords in handling tenant commercial property disputes. We can also help you protect your good name and manage your and your business’s reputation. If you are currently involved in a dispute, please contact our London-based solicitors for a free, no-obligation consultation. Call us at 0208 769 6739 or fill out our online form to schedule your consultation today.