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The clause means that the licence runs for at least a year and any time after the year is up three month’s notice of termination can be given. It means in practice that the licence is for a minimum of 15 months and not a year. It’s something that’s very often missed in the drafting of that type of agreement.
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In the absence of anything specific in the lease, I’m afraid not. You could try to get the landlord to take a commercial view and accept a reduced payment otherwise he gets nothing. Some landlords have been quite good through the pandemic. Others, like yours, and mine I may say, have not.
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