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Generally, if the written lease states that the lease expires on July 31st, 2016, the landlord cannot unilaterally end the lease early (without proper cause, such as tenant being delinquent on rent payments or other breach of lease by the tenant), so the commercial tenant would be legally entitled to stay on the commercial property until the expiration of the original written lease.
So it would make sense generally to inform the landlord of the tenant's right to finish the remainder of the lease by certified mail with return receipt required for your record and also another option would be to suggest that if the landlord wishes to end the lease early the tenant might agree to do so for a certain amount of compensation (which can be determined at the tenant's discretion.
I wish you the best of luck!