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A new pilot scheme will start in early 2018 and is being trialled for a period of 12 months.
This involves all unopposed business lease renewal claims that are issued in the County Court at Central London being transferred to the First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) to be determined.
The aim of the pilot scheme is to ensure that all unopposed lease renewal claims proceed to a final determination as smoothly and as quickly as possible, ideally within 20 weeks.
Important changes to note:
It remains to be seen how successful the pilot scheme will be but it is likely to be good news for tenants who are seeking to progress renewal claims more quickly.
On the other hand it is likely to be bad news for tenants who have had to issue a protective claim but who are seeking to relocate to alternative premises or for landlords who are seeking to delay matters until market rents have risen.