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The advantages of lease renewals

Published: 24/11/2021

Lease renewals are an integral part of a successful rental. At Circa London, we do our utmost to encourage good tenants to renew their leases time and time again to relieve the worry of void periods.
 
The benefits of renewals include:
 
Avoid the Process of Finding New Tenants
 
From a practical point of view, securing a renewal from an existing tenant saves time and money, from cleaning bills to paying a higher commission. Commission on a renewal is less than the commission for obtaining a new tenant.
 
Avoid Vacancy Costs
 
Void periods are expensive due to the holding costs associated with having an empty property coupled with the loss in rent. Mortgage payments, property taxes, insurance, and utility bills still have to be paid, even if there's no income.
 
Avoid Turnover
 
Having to "sell" the property to a new tenant can be expensive, and this may involve redecorating or replacing furniture for example. Renewing an existing tenancy is much simpler, as they already know the property.
 
More Predictable
 
It is often easier to deal with someone you already know as opposed to someone new. Predictability is a positive thing in this industry, and a lease renewal can allow for this.

What we do
 
We never assume that a tenant will remember when the lease is ending or what was agreed upon when the lease was signed, so we communicate leading up to renewal. This gives the tenant plenty of notice so that they can consider whether they wish to renew. If they turn down the offer, we have time to find a replacement in good time, so as to minimise any void period.
 
However
 
Renewing a lease isn't always the best solution. For example, if your tenant has a history of making late payments, there's no point in continuing with the stress and friction that this causes. Or the market may have risen substantially and the existing tenant might not be willing or able to pay the increased rent the property cannot command. By ending the lease and starting a new tenancy, you may achieve a much higher rent. An essential part of our job is to try and make sure our clients are getting the best possible rents in line with market conditions.
 
At Circa London, we take pride in our ability to offer our landlords a comprehensive property management service. We take care of the heavy lifting and the small details enabling our landlords to look at the bigger picture.