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How long was the lease for?
Did they have a solicitor act for them?
Was it the agent that prepared the lease or the Landlords Solicitor?
They are liable to pay for the rent until the end of the 2 years unless the landlord finds a new tenant. Once the new tenant moves in the current tenant is no longer liable.
They cannot get out of the lease unless the landlord agrees.
They have a right to have a copy of the lease and if the landlord does not give them one they can sue them to get it.
Do you know if the landlord is advertising the premises?
The landlord has an obligation to mitigate their losses and should be trying to re-lease the premises.
When you say they have another group use the premises, do you mean they had new tenants move in?
They are liable for the rent until the end of the lease plus all outgoings as per the lease.
They have to speak with the landlord to terminate the lease and if there is agreement they only have to pay until the termination.
They have demand a copy of the lease and I also assume they have paid a bond and that bond reduces what they owe.
The landlord can sue them for the balance of the lease once it expires if they have not rented it to another person plus interest and legal costs.
So they need to be proactive.
I hope this makes sense and is of assistance.
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