Premises Law

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Commercial property law is complex. Whether you own or rent premises, you can face substantial legal liabilities and potential costs.

  • The premises must have planning permission that allows them to be used for your type of business.
  • You must comply with building, fire, and health and safety regulations.
  • Stamp duty is payable on commercial leases and you are likely to be liable for business rates, though in rented premises these may be paid by the landlord.
  • You are responsible for the health and safety of employees and visitors.
  • You also need to provide a suitable working environment.
  • If you provide goods or services to the public, you must take reasonable steps to make your premises accessible.
  • You need to comply with the terms of any lease or license agreement.
  • For some businesses, you may require a license to operate or to sell certain products.
  • There may be restrictions on times when deliveries are allowed, noise and pollution levels, and how you or your customers dispose of waste.

In licensed or leased premises, responsibilities are shared between the landlord and the tenant. Whatever premises you choose, you need to ensure that you are properly insured. If you are in any doubt about your legal obligations, you should take advice from your business adviser or solicitor.

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