Your Legal Responsibilities as a Tenant When Renting a Business Property

October 10, 2018

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While a buildings landlord may be responsible for the overall integrity of the building, commercial tenants have their own list of responsibilities enshrined under law and forming part of the Health and Safety Executive Regulations in the UK.

While a buildings landlord may be responsible for the overall integrity of the building, commercial tenants have their own list of responsibilities enshrined under law and forming part of the Health and Safety Executive Regulations in the UK.


At Liverpool Lets, we are one of the foremost providers of commercial property for rent in Liverpool. We take the time to make sure our customers realise the full extent of their responsibilities as tenants of a commercial building, which is why we've put together this useful guide.


Most of your responsibilities will fall into the area of staff welfare or health and safety.


Staff welfare


Staff welfare covers a number of day-to-concerns that affect your employees during their daily routine in the building. Here are a few of your more common responsibilities.


• Ensuring the safety of all equipment

• Providing drinking water

• Providing washing facilities and toilets

• Providing sufficient space, lighting, and ventilation

• Maintaining a reasonable temperature


Health and safety


The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) deals with all the health and safety regulations that apply to UK workplaces. It is your responsibility as the tenant of a commercial building to make sure you (or a nominated H&S officer) are fully up-to-date with the relevant regulations.


The first thing you need to do is undertake a full health and safety risk assessment, and ensure that action to remove any hazards takes place with immediate effect.


Among your health and safety responsibilities, you will find the following:


• Managing asbestos

• Gas safety

• Electrical equipment safety

• Fire safety


In addition, you are expected to ensure that all inspections relating to the above are conducted within the relevant time-scales, and by fully accredited inspectors.


Further reading


The HSE website hosts a booklet entitled: Workplace health, safety and welfare: a short guide. This is essential further reading for any commercial tenant.


At Liverpool Lets, we pride ourselves on the extensive range of commercial property for rent in Liverpool that we have to offer. Visit our website to check out our latest availability and listings, or give the team a call today on 0845 872 6334 to discuss your specific requirements.