Business property lease agreements

Our business lease agreements integrate the draftsman's 20-years of experience of leasing commercial property with a comprehensive legal framework that provides excellent protection for the landlord and a wide range of options to suit almost all requirements.

Every commercial lease agreement includes the provisions you would expect as standard, such as one for a guarantor. Full guidance notes with each document explain your options.


Business lease: suite of offices

3 Reviews

This lease is for letting part of a multi-tenanted building for offices or business purposes. The building could be a modern office block or offices above retail space.

Features: guarantor provision; break provision; rent review options; options for assignment; no sub-letting.

Self contained office lease agreement

5 Reviews

This is an easy to use lease for letting the whole of an office building to a single tenant for business purposes.

Features: guarantor provision; break provision; rent review options; options for assignment; no sub-letting; no management or service charge.

Business lease: offices above shop

This is a comprehensive but uncomplicated business premises lease for letting self contained office or storage space above a shop or other workspace. There is no provision for shared services or service charge recovery.

Features: guarantor provision; break provision; rent review options; options for assignment; no sub-letting; no management or service charge.

Business lease: unit on industrial park

7 Reviews

A comprehensive, professionally drawn commercial property lease for a unit on an industrial estate or a business park.

The use could be for any purpose, such as a workshop, factory, depot or warehouse. The unit could be one of a block under one roof or a stand-alone building.

The lease includes the use of shared services on the park or estate, such as security, access roads, signs and parking and many other practical points.

Business lease: land, either vacant or with plant or buildings

8 Reviews

A lease of land for any business use, for example, plant or equipment storage or a scrap yard. The lease provides for use of any buildings and/or items of plant on the property. Features: guarantor; break provision; rent review options; options for assignment and sub-letting; draft agreement for security deposit.

Workshop, factory, barn lease

10 Reviews

This is a comprehensive and easy to use lease for letting a workshop, barn or other self contained building of any size, for industrial, storage or mixed use.

Features: guarantor provision; break provision; rent review options; options for assignment; no sub-letting; no management or service charge.

Car park lease agreement

2 Reviews

This professionally drawn lease is specifically for a car or lorry park. It provides for practical matters relating to the parking infrastructure on the land and how the park will be operated.

Features: guarantor; break provision; rent review options; options for assignment and sub-letting.

Lease agreement: pub or restaurant with flat over

2 Reviews

This is a comprehensive lease for letting a pub or licensed restaurant with a flat or maisonette above for the tenant to live. The premises may be detached or connected.

Features are: service charge provision; guarantor; break provision; rent review options; option for assignment; sub-letting not allowed.

Deed of variation of lease

2 Reviews

A simple deed of agreement between a landlord and a business tenant to change the terms of any lease. Change as much or as little as you wish. It provides the structure in simple terms for you to insert the actual changes you want to make. Includes text for some of the commonest reasons to need this document. Use for any commercial lease.

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What is a commercial lease agreement?

A lease is a type of legally binding contract where one party (known as the lessor or the landlord) gives the another party (known as the lessee or the tenant), a right to occupy and use real property (land and/or buildings) in consideration for rent.

A commercial lease agreement is one where the property let is used for commercial (business) purposes.

Lawyers tend to use 'lease' in conjunction with commercial properties, and 'tenancy' in conjunction with residential properties. But the two words can be interchanged.

Just as you might talk about a commercial lease agreement, you could equally talk about a residential lease agreement, and just as you might talk about a residential tenancy agreement, you could talk about a commercial tenancy agreement.

The terms in the document depend on the leased premises

In a lease, the business of the tenant is less important than the type of property being let. So our agreements differ with each other through the inclusion or exclusion of terms relating to features of the building, such as those dealing with rights to display signs, rather than by who the tenant may be.

Choose the right agreement by selecting the one whose description most closely matches that of your premises. More precise information as to the contents of a particular lease can be seen in the product page for that document.

We provide the words to include or exclude terms relating to the following in every lease:

  • guarantor provision
  • transfer or assignment to another party
  • sub-letting forbidden
  • inclusion of a break clause for premature termination by the tenant
  • options for rent reviews
  • an extensive menu of tenants' covenants to protect every aspect of the landlord's interest
  • draft agreement for a security deposit

These are full agreements, drawn to a higher standard than most solicitors would provide. Despite the breadth of options we provide, editing is straightforward, regardless of whether you have prior experience or not of this type of legal agreement.

We provide extensive drafting notes explaining each paragraph, and we send you a guide on how to deal generally with editing and completion.

The law in these documents

Unlike residential leases, which are fairly standardised in order to comply with the laws of the Australian states, commercial lease agreements can be more flexibly tailored to the requirements of both landlord and tenant. Most terms can be negotiated.

Additionally, most commercial leases are governed by property laws, which are similar from one state to another. The exception is retail leases, which are subject to state or territory retail lease law.


Provided the lease term is three years or less, it does not need to be registered. If the term of a lease is longer than three years it must be registered at the Land Title Office.

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