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James Mather
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I terminated a commercial lease with my landlord in September

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I terminated a commercial lease with my landlord in September 2012, although my lease didnt expire until October 2013, the landlord stated to release me. He immediately rented the property to a new tenant who is still in the premises, however he has told me today that the landlord has told him he is trading on my lease. I have never entered into any agreement to allow this person to trade on my lease, and i have never given written or verbal consent to the landlord. I have also found out from the electricity supplier that even though i notified them i was leaving they have been instructed that i am still responsible for the bills - is this fraudulent behaviour and what can i do? - I do have letters confirming that i was terminating my lease on the last day of September 2012.
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Property Law
Expert:  James Mather replied 4 years ago.

I am Law Denning and I am a practising solicitor in a High Street practice. I
have been an expert on this website in UK law since 2008. During that time, as
you appreciate, I have answered thousands of questions from satisfied users on
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It is my pleasure to try and assist you with this today. Please bear with me
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Unless I have all the facts that I need, my answer would not be accurate.

What would you like to know about this?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

What extra information do you require?

Expert:  James Mather replied 4 years ago.

What is the problem? What is your specific question? Are you still getting bills?


Customer: replied 4 years ago.

I am still getting bills, am i liable?

Expert:  James Mather replied 4 years ago.

I assume that you followed up in
writing to utility companies and date of moving out and new occupiers address
and meter readings. You are not responsible for any services that you did not
consume and you are not responsible for any standing charge if someone else is
in occupation.

I would send the copy letters
along with a covering letter to the utility company telling them that this is
not your responsibility and give them the name and address of the new occupier
and confirm once again the date that you moved out and the new occupier took up

If they continue to pursue you,
right back to them and tell them that if they do issue proceedings against you,
you will defend them on that basis.

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