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1. The licence to your present unit ends on the date of vacating the premises. It does not automatically transfer over to new premises. Essentially, you will be able to get a new agreement, with preferably stronger terms on the new premises. I would suggest you upgrade the type of agreement you hold to a lease, as this will give you stronger legal protections than a licence. For example a licence allows the grantor to enter the premises to inspect it when they want. However a lease gives exclusive possession. Additionally, the notice provisions are stronger with a lease. It is likely that you were only granted a lease by the licensor on the current premises because the licensor did not own the head lease and so would have to leave upon short notice. So you should bargain for stronger terms on a new premises.
2. You can seek to have the licence transferred to the new premises. However, just be aware, that in law, there is no automatic entitlement to transfer this licence over to the new premises. Because the premises being demised are different, one would normally prepare a new agreement.