Sign the lease for your new offices!
With the critical path for your office relocation now firmly established and the costs, programme and specification agreed you are in a position to pull the trigger and sign the lease. This is the point of no return, so it is vital that you completely understand the contractual obligations you have committed to in terms of the lease and your professional team.
It is also, of course, the last chance for negotiation! This is the time to ensure that the lease terms are maximised to your advantage, that you have squeezed out the maximum rent-free period and fit-out contribution, that service charges are capped and dilapidations clauses workable.
It’s often worthwhile taking photographs of the new offices before you take occupation or even insisting on a formal schedule of condition to be included in the lease.
The lease completion process often takes several weeks, so be realistic on timescales. It involves numerous pre-lease legal enquiries and approvals, often from distant landlords.
At the time of signing the lease, always ensure that you obtain a “Licence to Alter” to cover the proposed fit-out works.
Maris Interiors LLP is the UK’s leading specialist in workplace consultancy, workplace optimisation, office design, office refurbishment, office fit-out and office relocation. Maris design and create world class working environments for occupiers throughout the UK and continental Europe. The Maris team of experts has extensive and in-depth knowledge of how good office design and fit-out can substantially improve business performance, save vast amounts of money and help retain and attract key people.
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