As one of Christchurch's largest property law firms we have significant expertise in commercial leasing. Our lawyers act for hundreds of landlords and tenants dealing with thousands of commercial properties throughout New Zealand.

Although there are various "standard form" agreements often used for many leases, there are significant legal and practical issues to be addressed and failure to address these carefully and thoroughly can result in major legal disputes.

Issues to be addressed include (but are not limited to):

  • Legal ability of both parties to enter into agreements;

  • Lease terms and rights of renewal;

  • Rent review calculations;

  • Ownership of fitout and chattels;

  • Maintenance of the leased property;

  • Your ability to assign or sublet;

  • Guarantees;

  • The fitout of the premises and any reinstatement requirements;

  • Permitted uses of the premises;

  • What should happen if the premises is damaged;

  • Signage;

  • Naming rights; and

  • What happens if things go wrong and it is necessary to take steps to terminate the lease.


All of these issues need to be carefully considered at the outset. Most difficulties with leases occur when exact clarity is not obtained at the commencement of the lease and so it is worth taking extra time there to ensure that both parties are on the same page from the beginning.

Initial Contacts

David Fitchett

Property – Partner

+64 3 339 5611


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Mike Parker

Property – Partner

+64 3 339 5645


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