Health and safety responsibilities of commercial tenants

When renting property for your business, you have various health and safety responsibilities by law, some of which might not necessarily be set out in your lease. Health & Safety You must carry out a health and safety risk assessment  in the workplace and take action to remove any hazards. Click Here for further information and guidance. Fire Safety As the responsible person you: must carry out a fire risk assessment of the premises, review it regularly and tell staff or their representatives about the risks you’ve identified put in place, and maintain, appropriate fire safety measures plan for an emergency provide ...

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Property maintenance ignored is false economy for tenants

Business tenants often comment they have been caught out by unforeseen property repair costs when they vacated previous premises. It is essential tenants fully understand repair and maintenance obligations, to avoid unexpected dilapidations claims at lease end. Repairing obligations should be clearly defined in your lease, although be sure to read carefully as obligations vary between different landlords and properties. It is essential you understand the obligations you sign up to as tenant. Repair clauses in commercial leases might expect a tenant to keep a property in good condition, or may be limited to reflect the condition of the property ...

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Reducing commercial property insurance costs

Sterling Industrial arrange building insurance for the majority of its industrial estates and commercial premises around the UK. Insured risks include; loss or damage by fire, storm, lightning, impact by vehicles, or burst pipes.  Unless the lease states otherwise, a fair proportion of the landlord’s cost in providing insurance for each estate is then recovered from the tenant of each unit. We work hard to ensure annual insurance premiums are kept as low as possible, not only because we want our units to remain competitive in the letting market but also because we pick up the cost of insuring all ...

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Understanding Business Rates

Do you find your business rates demands confusing?  We’ll try to make it understandable. What are business rates? Business rates (or national non-domestic rates) are charged to occupiers of commercial premises by their local authority. The funds collected are used to finance local authorities’ activities and services. Business rates should not be confused with water rates demanded by water authorities. Who pays business rates? Unless your tenancy states that business rates will be included within your rent, demands will be issued to and be payable by the occupier. The occupier is responsible for notifying the local authority when they move ...

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Sustainable refurbishment program commences

Sterling Industrial commenced full roof and gutter refurbishment works at Old Park Industrial Estate in Wednesbury and Henley Grove Industrial Estate Rotherham in November 2015. These improvements see existing roofs being fully overclad and insulated, complete with the installation of new roof lights and refurbished gutters. As part of a ground breaking exercise to encourage sustainability, Sterling Industrial’s roofing projects at Wednesbury and Rotherham have also incorporated state of the art photovoltaic cells, with electricity generated available for use by tenant occupiers at NIL cost. Wayne Locke, director of asset management commented; “Our dedicated team has worked closely with estate ...

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