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Understanding Commercial Property Management

Commercial leases are the foundation and essence of property management. Anyone who works in this area needs to be familiar with what they say, what they mean, and how to work them. In this course we explain the key commercial terms of a commercial lease, and focus on the problems the attending delegates have encountered. It is ideal for administrators who have not been trained in the nuances of property - administrators, PA's, secretaries, accounts personnel, facilities managers, newly qualified and APC candidates.

(Due to COVID-19 these events have been rescheduled from April 22nd - Solihull and May 20th - London, to the new dates listed below)

Start Date Venue Price  
16 September 2020 De Vere Holborn Bars, London £220 BOOK
28 September 2020 Hogarths Hotel, Solihull £220 BOOK

Note: All prices are to be paid in GBP and are subject to VAT at the prevailing rate

Event duration: Day Event (4.45 hours CPD) (Lunch Included).
Registration from: 09.30. Event starts at: 09.55. Event finishes at: 16.00.

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Professional staff have been under increasing demands for their time, to make savings, and service more clients.  One attractive option is to delegate more of the routine management tasks to support and junior staff.  Yet, it is vital that technical and support staff have a sound understanding of commercial property leases, the basics of property law, and the procedures that must be followed in order for such delegation to be successful.

The course is designed to ‘walk through’ a typical commercial lease – explaining the terminology, purpose and implications of each clause, and will demystify jargon. 

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the nature of a lease, by contrast with a licence to occupy, and identify different types of tenancy
  • Become familiar with the business security of tenure regime in outline, and be able to recognise when occupation falls outside that regime
  • Gain an understanding of the nature and meaning of repairing obligations under commercial leases, and methods of enforcement of those obligations
  • Discuss the financial obligations of a lease (rent, service charge and VAT) and remedies available to landlords to enforce payment
  • Discuss the other main commercial terms of a lease, including alienation and alterations

COVID19 - Event Update:

During these uncertain times, we are keen to provide you with CPD support. We are working towards being able to run this event physically. However, dependent on Government advice and guidelines at the time, if needed, we will adapt this event to run virtually. We will advise on this closer to the event.


  • Mark Shelton, Commercial Property Management Law Trainer, CPM Law Training Limited and Author of The Lease Guide Website, 'A Practical Guide to the Law of Dilapidations' and 'A Practical Guide to Applications for Landlords' Consent and Variation of Leases'


Session 1
  • What is Commercial Property Management?
  • What are the aims?

Session 2

  • Types of tenancy
  • A typical lease
  • Full reporting and insuring lease
  • Security of tenure - Landlord and Tenant Act 1954

Session 3

  • Recovery of rent arrears 
  • Service charges 

Session 4

  • Repairing responsibilities 
  • Disrepair
  • Leasehold Property (Repairs) Act 1938

Session 5

  • Restriction on assignment and subletting
  • Restrictions on use
  • Alterations and improvements 

Session 6 

  • Lease terminations and vacant property issues
  • Waiver of right for foreit 
  • Avoiding being trapped into accepting a surrender 
  • Break options 

Session 7 

  • Most stressful experience to date?
  • When have you felt out of your depth?
  • What has puzzled you?