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Can you confirm if the lease you are referring to is a residential tenancy agreement or a commercial lease?
And do you have security of tenure under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954?
If the lease is not excluded from the Act then you would have had to have sworn a statutory declaration before executing the lease confirming that you understand that the Act does not apply to the Lease.
Okay, if you did not do this or receive a warning notice 14 days before you executed the lease then the Lease is not excluded from the Act.
This means that you will have to serve a notice under s27(2) Landlord and Tenant Act 1954. You must have been in occupation for at least one month and give the landlord three months notice with such notice to expire on a quarter day (25 March, 24 June, 29 September or 25 December.
It is very important that the notice is in the correct form and you should get a solicitor to draft and serve it appropriately. If it is not in the correct form then it may be defective and you would find yourself liable for continuing rents until a correct notices has been served and has expired. It will not be that expensive, £250.00 approx.
He will also be able to tell from looking at your copy of the lease whether it is excluded from the Act.
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Enter your postcode and select "commercial property". I would not wait because you will have to serve the notice before 29 September.
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