To protect themselves from arears of rates racked up by outgoing Tenants, Commercial Landlords should take the following steps:
a) In the first instance, ensure the Tenant is not in arrears. In the event of a Consent to an Assignment or Sub-Letting or even Surrender, the Landlord should as a condition of that Consent ensure that arrears are discharged;
b) Secondly, the Landlord should ensure that within two weeks of the date of the ‘transfer’ (e.g. Surrender, Assignment or Sub-Let) the Landlord notifies the Local Authority of the transfer and the details of the new occupier.
Relevant Legislation: Section 32 of the Local Government Reform Act, 2014
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