Guidance for commercial tenants
The Guide for tenants answers the most frequently asked questions that tenants have. It covers both your roles and responsibilities as a tenant and those of Calderdale Council as your landlord.
The guide refers to a number of common features that you may find in our business agreements. However, it is a general guide and does not override the terms of your own particular lease with the Council.
It should not be considered in any way to be a substitute for independent professional advice and we strongly recommend you obtain appropriate independent legal advice.
If this guide does not answer your particular query, or if you want clarification of the information given, please contact the Corporate Asset and Facilities Management team.
The guide includes:
Repairing responsibilitiesPart of my premises is in need of repair / decoration, what should I do?
I think that it is the Council's responsibility to carry out the repair, what should I do?
If I am responsible, why should I pay for repairs when I already pay rent to my landlord?
I have reported a repair and no one has been to the premises and / or I am unhappy with the repair, what should I do?
Lease assignment / sub-lettingI want to sell my business / assign my lease, how do I go about it?
The proposed assignee cannot supply adequate references
I want to allow another business to occupy part of my premises
Payment of rentWhen do I pay my rent?
Will my rent increase?
I cannot afford to pay my rent, what should I do?
Use of premisesI want to change or extend the permitted use of my business, what do I do?
I wish to make a complaint about an adjacent Council property
An adjacent Council tenant is selling items that are included in my permitted use
Alterations and improvementsI want to alter the premises, what should I do?
I want to paint / alter the shop front, what should I do?
Are there any other regulations that I have to comply with?
Lease expiryWhat happens at the end of my lease? Will I be granted a new lease?
How do you decide the terms of my new lease?
Stamp Duty Land Tax
InsuranceWho is responsible for insuring the premises?
Health and safety requirementsHealth and safety policy and duty of care
Gas appliances - gas safety checks
Fire safety and fire risk assessments
Smoking in premises
Portable appliance testing (PAT)
Water supply - health risks, wet cooling systems
Duty to manage asbestos in premises: responsibilities, duty to assist, inspections and surveys
Additional tenant responsibilitiesThe Disability Discrimination Act (DDA)
Business continuity planning
Energy performance certificates
When to get professional adviceSolicitors, surveyors and conveyancers
Specific premises information: Borough Market, HalifaxTenants association
Fire evacuation procedure