Machins Solicitors LLP
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Leading Solicitors in Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire & Buckinghamshire
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Commercial Property

At Machins we understand that commercial property is a key asset for your business. We have the knowledge and expertise to provide clear and accurate advice whilst ensuring that transactions are completed to your timescales. 

Our team specialises in providing advice to property owners, developers, investors, lenders and tenants. Our reputation is built on sound practical judgment and experience acquired over decades. We act for large property companies, sole traders, and local, national and international businesses. 

We provide practical advice that gets to the key points of your matter. Our aim is to become an extension of your business by providing tailored commercial advice that helps you achieve your goals.

We are able to help with the full range of commercial property issues including:-

Commercial property portfolio & estate management

Our team has vast experience at assisting clients with managing their estates. We focus on providing the right results in a cost-effective way.

We are always on hand to assist with any issues that may arise at your properties including arrears, dilapidation issues, break notices, alterations and assignments.

We link in closely with our property litigation team to ensure that additional expertise is on hand if necessary and action can be taken swiftly to protect your position.

Property Litigation

The Commercial Property Team works closely with our Property Litigation specialists to provide a fully integrated service to identify and resolve potential disputes in an early, cost-effective manner.

We are able to deal with both residential and commercial property disputes. Our focus is always on achieving the best outcome for your business. 

 

Site acquisition, development & disposals

Regardless of your background we are able to provide you with clear and effective advice to ensure you achieve your goals. We have acted for a range of clients from independent builders to large scale developers and we provide tailored advice to meet your needs.

We can assist from the early negotiations on the Heads of Terms through to the post-completion matters. We are aware of, and are sensitive to, the desire to move quickly and solve problems practically in order to meet deadlines and complete transactions.

Landlord & Tenant

We have vast experience acting for both Landlords and Tenants. We will explain the obligations you are agreeing to and the impact this could have on your business and future plans.

We advise on and draft all ancillary documents that are used in property transactions such as guarantee agreements and rent deposit deeds.

Should the situation escalate we have an experienced team of litigators ready to act on your behalf. 

Business Lease Renewals

We regularly act on Business Lease renewals under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 and are able to advise you on the practice and procedures involved as well as guiding you through the necessary documentation.

We can assist both Landlords and Tenants with negotiating new terms, serving notices, responding to notices and negotiating interim rent. We are also able to assist Landlords with regaining possession of your property whilst guarding your interests. Our advice is specific and practical which allows you to make an informed commercial decision.

Enfranchisement and Lease Extensions

It is common for owners and occupiers to want to increase the value of their property or its desirability before a sale. We regularly work with leaseholders to extend their leases or change the terms of the lease in order to better achieve their goals.

We are able to assist flat owners on long leases wishing to purchase the freehold title to the property through collective enfranchisement.

We are experienced negotiators and never lose sight of the aims of your business. This is vital when discussions start with your landlord.

 

Property Finance & Secured Lending

We are experts in acting for lenders on purchases of commercial property. We pride ourselves on carrying out due diligence effectively which ensures that your security is guaranteed.

We also assist borrowers with their lending. We are on the panels of the majority of the major lenders and are able to guide you through the process and the legal impacts of the loan.

Agricultural Holdings & Farm Business Tenancies

We have the expertise to be able to assist with both Agricultural Holdings and modernised Farm Business Tenancies. We have experience with both types of tenancy and the different obligations these agreements will place on your business.

When buying agricultural land subject to an agricultural tenancy it is important to understand the differences in these tenancies and the impact it will have on your business. We are able to guide you through this in a clear and practical manner.

 

Recovery of rent arrears and enforcement

We are able to advise on all aspects of enforcement under both residential and commercial leases. We adopt a common-sense approach to ensure that any action that is taken is cost-effective.

The landscape of commercial rent arrears has changed significantly over the past few years with the introduction of Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery, or CRAR. We are able to guide you through the process and ensure that we achieve the best outcome possible.

CRAR is not always applicable or the best solution in the circumstances. We also have experience in issuing forfeiture applications which can be a powerful deterrent to ensure your Tenant pays the rent.