The Legal Issues Of An Office Move
Office Relocation: Legal Considerations
Relocating your office is a new and exciting prospect, however without the right legal advice and support your office move can turn sour. There are many things to consider when relocating your business, from reviewing lease agreements to the employee relocation law and much more!
Here are some of the legal concerns that you will need to review with your Property Solicitor or your legal team before you can begin executing your office move.
Giving the required legal notice on your current office?
From reviewing your current lease you will discover the appropriate how and when you should serve notice on your lease. Before you get excited by the idea of a sparkling new office make sure you sit down and go through your current lease with a fine tooth comb. It is always a good idea to get in contact with your Property Solicitor to give you help and guidance. Having a break clause in your contract may mean you wish to end your lease before the end date, so make sure you have all the correct legal advice and support in place.
Your new office lease
As soon as you have finished negotiating the terms and conditions of your new lease with your Property Agent, several copies of your new lease may bounce back and forth until all parties are stratified with the agreed terms of the lease. It is essential that your Property Solicitor then reviews the final draft to make sure that everything has been documented correctly and legally. As you are more than aware you should NEVER sign your new property lease until you are completely happy with the conditions and understand the obligations and commitments of your new lease. Your Property Solicitor is there to support you, so make sure you utilise their advice and help.
Your workforce are the backbone to your business, so it is imperative that you consider the legal implications of relocating your employees. Review your employment contracts with your legal team to find out if you as a business can legally move your staff from their current place of work. Without checking your employee’s rights you could leave your business open to many legal issues. If you are moving to downsize your business then make sure you have all the correct legal procedures in place should you need to make any redundancies.
For advice on the correct legal implications of moving your office refer to the Employment Law Checklist.
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