Break clauses in Commercial Leases

Why should I have a break clause?

Break clauses in commercial leases provide a level of security in case you’re not happy with your rented commercial property. Perhaps you’ve moved your business and have some reservations over the area you’ve moved to, or you’re unsure if the style of building suits your business. Having a break clause allows you to get out of the lease early and move elsewhere.


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If you’re starting a new business, you may want to negotiate a break clause in your lease. This gives you an opportunity to break the lease if you’re not sure whether your business will be successful – saving you time and money if things don’t go as planned.

The dangers of break clauses

Landlords can try to add various conditions to break clauses so that you cannot break the lease if you have not kept the property in good condition. For example, a failure to paint a wall in the right way could mean you can’t activate the break lease. It is therefore vitally important that you get early advice on the terms of the break clause and how to exercise it, otherwise you could be left with the lease for longer than you planned.

Contact our Legal team

It’s important to make sure that you can negotiate a break clause that works for you and your business. A solicitor experienced in commercial lease break clauses can help you negotiate with your landlord, or set out your rights if the break clause is activated. A solicitor can also help you if anything goes wrong and you feel that your landlord has dealt with your tenancy unfairly.

Call us on 01273 604123 or email enquire@bbc-law.co.uk