Im a natural health practitioner with a sublease on a commercial property in Herne Bay Auckland. My lease expires in

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Customer: Im a natural health practitioner with a sublease on a commercial property in Herne Bay Auckland. My lease expires in November but due to the Covid19 restrictions I can’t return to work until we are Level 1. What are my options (if any)?for an early termination office my lease?
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Customer: My landlord has negotiated a 50 percent reduction to the monthly rent. I have paid up to end of this month. I didn’t want to discuss my wishing to terminate the lease until I receive legal advice
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Customer: My land lord the primary lease holder says she has the 2012 emergency clause in her lease however it doesn’t appear anywhere n my lease agreement. She also says that her landlord has said that she is liable for interest payments if she doesn’t pay her monthly rent so she is paying it. She also lives in the back se took of the building and an outdoor dwelling but she can’t acces her part of the building designated for her Pilates Studio until the restrictions ease. She is not coping financially but is afraid he will evict her if she does not continue to pay. Her lease terminates Nov 2. She had no intention to renew the lease after the as she has purchased another property to run her business from.
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Although you can negotiate a reduction in the lease payments when you cannot get access, this does not go further and enable you to end the lease earlier. You will be liable for the lease until November. If it is possible to find a replacement tenant, you could do that and get them to take over the lease. The lease will have a clause which says that the landlord must accept a tenant who is suitable, if you wish to assign the lease to someone else. That would avoid you having to pay rental until the lease comes to an end

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