Exchange of Contracts and Completion. Letting a Commercial Property

Landlords Property Guide Exchange of Contracts is the penultimate step of letting your property. Our guide can help you navigate the finer points. Read our guide to Exchanging Contracts from the point of view of a landlord to make the process simple.

Exchange of Contracts and Completion

You are ready to exchange contracts with the prospective tenant of the commercial property when:

  • Both landlord and tenant are satisfied with the contract and searches
  • Any conditional planning permission has been granted
  • The surveyor or solicitor has made all the necessary checks and satisfactory inspections on the building
  • The necessary money has been raised by the tenant to exchange and complete the transaction

Until contracts have been exchanged, you can choose to let to another interested party unless a lockout agreement has been entered into.

This law is different in Scotland – a lockout agreement is not required. There is not a legal compulsory contract between two parties. This means until the contract has been concluded, either party can walk away from the deal without any penalty.

Completion is usually one month after Exchange of Contracts. This can be varied prior to Exchange of Contracts and again will be outlined in the HOTS. Once the balance is paid, the contract is completed.


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