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How do I deal with breaches of covenant?

A landlord will deal with breaches of covenants by serving a Notice of breach of covenants (also known as a ‘section 146 notice’) on their commercial tenant.

This notice warns the tenant that they are in breach of the terms of the lease. It sets out the landlord’s intention to forfeit the lease and gives the tenant time to fix the breach. 

A section 146 notice cannot be used if the tenant has not paid the rent.

If the lease is a long residential lease Ask a lawyer for specific advice as your tenant may have additional rights.

When do I get the property back?

After the notice is sent, the tenant is given reasonable time to put things right - how long you give them depends on the breach but it must be reasonable.

If the tenant does not remedy the breach within the specified time, you can then start court proceedings to forfeit the lease and get possession of your property.

Can I claim compensation for the breach?

As a landlord you can claim compensation and recover the cost of preparing and delivering this notice from the tenant - this is included in the notice.

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