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Practitioners should take the voluntary good practice code for commercial leases seriously, or the Government will step in and legislate, warn Claire Gretton and Barry Sankey

21 June 2002

The property industry is coming under increasing pressure from the Government to introduce flexibility, fairness, openness and good business relationships into the commercial landlord and tenant market. The Government pledged in its 2001 election manifesto to promote greater flexibility, and the property industry has responded by producing a revised Guide to Good Practice for Service Charges in Commercial Property in August 2000, and now by producing a revised Code of Good Practice for Commercial Leases. The use of the Guide and the Code is entirely voluntary, but landlords and tenants need to be aware the Government has announced its intention to legislate to achieve its manifesto aim, if self-regulation does not produce the required results. How will the Code benefit landlords and tenants ? Tenants should benefit from more flexible lease terms, enabling them to match their property requirements to their business strategies, and there should be a “health wa...

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