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How sustainability concerns can affect lease renewal provisions: Mark Reading and Isabel Emerson-Lich for Property Week

Posted on 11 July 2023

In a recent piece for Property Week, Property Litigation Partner Mark Reading and Managing Associate Isabel Emerson-Lich examine a recent case (Clipper Logistics v Scottish Equitable) which demonstrates the tensions that can arise when sustainability-related regulations are imposed on landlords.

The landlord in the case, to ensure compliance, tried to impose corresponding duties on a tenant on renewal under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954, which the tenant opposed.

The issues raised by this case are likely to be a recurring feature in future renewals, and unless the proposed revision of the 1954 Act makes provision for sustainability clauses, a move to green leases looks to be years in the making.

Click here to read the full article.

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