Business rates after forfeiting a commercial lease?Make Text Bigger
I own a commercial property and had to forfeit the commercial lease of the tenant due to non payment of rent. The property remained empty for some time partly due to a legal issue with the ex-tenant and then trying to ensure any new tenant was suitable.
During the period of the legal issue we did not take the risk of letting the property in case the tenant was permitted to reenter the property and continue if they cleared the outstanding debt.
Eventually the property was re-let. However, the council is now looking to recover the business rates for the period the property was empty from me.
My legal advice has stated that the tenant who was removed is still legally liable with regards to the terms of the lease.
Has anyone been through this type of scenario and how have you succeeded in making the ex-tenant responsible? Is there any previous case law we can use?
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