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How to Evict The Commercial Tenant Who Was Your Friend!

As an owner of a commercial property, getting the right tenant for your property is not easy. While you hope for the best at times you may be faced with a situation where you need to evict your tenant to take back possession of your property. The most common reason for this is that your tenant has broken the conditions of their lease or contract. This includes not paying the rent, failing to maintain the property in good repair, and subletting the property without your permission.

Every landlord wishes to avoid these potential issues and therefore look for familiar tenants like friends or people from their community. Does it help, not really. It’s all too easy to allow a friend or acquaintance to come into a building or even part of a building that you own.  Too often do we hear ‘he was my friend’ at the start of an enquiry as to how can we evict a commercial tenant.  Even those enquiries who have had the foresight to get something signed have more often than not found themselves unable to evict an occupier, even though the document they had signed made it clear the occupancy could be ended at a months’ notice!

We are well aware of why people do it. The cost of having an expensive solicitor spending months’ drafting the document to protect you has, so you believe, vastly outweighs the fact that you will be losing rental payments and the little risk in allowing your ‘friend’ to occupy your vacant office or building for a few months!  It doesn’t with Shergroup Legal.

With Shergroup Legal you won’t receive a ream of questions or paperwork to sift through and decipher before the solicitor can get to work.  All you be provided with is a list of easy to read simple questions for you to answer and submit to our specialist legal property team so that they can prepare and be provided with a shortlist of questions (the majority of which are simple tick box questions! ) so that we can advise on the most appropriate document (excludes arrangements where the term exceeds 7 years) to satisfy your requirements and then tailor it to your specific situation!

Not only is the ease of approach on offer but the speed at which we can deal with your request will match, if not beat, and you will find it on the market!  We can draft and provide you with the agreement within 72 hours from having received your payment of the fixed fee of £400 plus VAT!  If that’s not quick enough, you could opt to have the agreement turned around in 24 hours for just £500 plus VAT!


Shergroup has both an experienced property team as well as an efficient team of legal solicitors who can together help you with your situation. We take care of tenant evictions from starting to the end and make it an effortless process for you as a landlord as we understand the hardships you have to go through. So, to cut down the load from your desk and to help you reclaim what is rightfully yours Shergroup is always by your side.

To get started send us either your Notices, Tenancy Agreement, or if you have an Order for Possession, to our central hub at [email protected].  We will pass this to one of our expert advisors to review your paperwork and guide you on your options.

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Last updated | 19 July 2023

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