An end to the upward only rent review?

Posted: Friday, 4 July 2008 @ 16:55

If you have ever negotiated a lease of commercial premises you will probably have come across the term 'upwards only rent review'. For those of you who haven't, it is quite simply a provision in a lease which allows the rent to be reassessed (typically every five years but it can be reviewed at any time in principle) by reference to the rent a landlord would be able to charge a new tenant at the time of the review but crucially the review cannot cause the rent to fall.

During the last ten years, you are unlikely to have seen a commercial lease being negotiated which allowed rent to be reviewed both upwards and downwards. Fundamentally, the reason has been that in a rising market it was an academic point because no-one expected commercial rents to fall. Today, however, commercial rents are falling and so it behoves those of us advising tenants to question whether we should be resisting an upwards only rent review.

Why shouldn't a tenant be able to say to his landlord "Please sir, I don't want some more"?

If you are about to negotiate a lease then contact commercial property lawyer, Steve Petty, on 01926 629005.

Steve Petty, Commercial Property Lawyer

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Thank you. Your response is great, very straight to the point! Hopefully this will bring an end to the matter. I will certainly be recommending your services as I am very impressed with the prompt dealing of this matter.
Janet Burbidge

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