Business leases: renewing and ending

Landlord's right to refuse a new tenancy

Although business tenants generally have the right to renew the tenancy of their premises when it comes to an end, landlords can refuse to grant a new tenancy in some cases.

When can a landlord refuse to renew a tenancy?

The landlord can refuse to renew:

  • If the tenant does not have the right to renew, see tenant's right to renew a lease.
  • If the tenant is in breach of their obligations. See business leases: paying rent and rent reviews.
  • If the landlord is offering to provide other suitable accommodation for the tenant.
  • Where a sub-tenant occupying part of the premises applies for a new lease, but the landlord wants to let or sell the premises as a whole.
  • Where the landlord wishes to demolish or reconstruct the premises. However, the tenant could remain in occupation if they allow the landlord access to carry out reconstruction work or accept a new tenancy for part of the premises.
  • Where the landlord wishes to use the premises themselves, for their business, or to live there.

You may want to consult a legal professional on the issue of business leases. Choose and work with a solicitor.