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James Mather
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l have a business, l took on the lease 1.4.2013 paid april

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l have a business, l took on the lease 1.4.2013 paid april and may rent did not pay the quarter june july august rent l am now able to pay what can l do can she still evict me
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  James Mather replied 4 years ago.
Why did you not pay?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

l set up a standing order with my bank it was delayed and the landlord passed me in july by post the standing order of her bank which l do want to pay now

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

new business starting up

Expert:  James Mather replied 4 years ago.
This is a business lease. It is completely different from a residential lease. However whether the landlord can evict you not really comes down to the terms of the lease the lease will tell you after which period a landlord is able evict you or not. The landlord does not need a court order. Usually they will be wording such as ”if the rent is not paid for 21 days (or 14 or 28 or any other period) after becoming due, whether formally demanded or not the landlord is entitled to determine the lease and peacefully re-enter the property”.
It can be worded in a whole load of different ways but that is the general gist.
Basically, there will be a rent payment period in the lease (assuming it is properly drafted of course) and as soon as the rent is one day late the landlord is entitled to let himself back into the property, change the locks, and stick a notice on the door that says that the property has been repossessed. The landlord is not entitled to keep any of the things that are left in the property but can hold them under the Torts Interference of Goods Act, subject to certain conditions, until all outstanding rent is paid.
You are liable for outstanding rent right until the end of the term (even though you are no longer in the property) or until the landlord gets a new tenant. If you signed in a personal capacity as the tenant, then you are personally liable.
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