Licensed Property Check List on and before Changeover Day

By | February 22, 2013

 Buying a Pub, Restaurant or Licensed Property,

Takeover Day Check List.

Please note, access to these lists is totally free if you would like to subscribe (No Charge) on, they are free to be read for your guidance and aimed to help you get through a time of considerable pressure and demand. If you subscribe you may download this information if you need to.

This Checklist covers a large area of Taking over a Business. As no two situations are the same, only the basic position is outlined. The answers do not provide a complete or authoritative statement of the law, nor do they constitute legal advice by the author. The information provided is only a snapshot: it does not create a contractual relationship nor does it form part of any other advice, whether paid or free.

This Check List is made on the assumption that anyone taking a freehold, lease or a tenancy will have been fully briefed by their Solicitor on their responsibilities within the constraints of the lease and the lists are for guidance and assistance in the taking over of a normal licensed or catering business, it is also useful Guide for taking over any small Business.

The requirements of taking over a Licensed Business are considerably more than an average Business, like a Retail Shop or small Trading Business, the information may appear excessive, but as a Check List it is invaluable, the exceptions are very specialised Businesses where the specialist requirements may or will not be covered.

In addition always use a Lawyer specialising in Commercial Property, it can be a minefield. Click on MORE for the latest version.  



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Energy Performance Certificates and  M.E.E.S.

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Note:- Everyone buying a commercial property, especially a lease should have a Schedule of Condition, to validate the state of condition PRIOR to the handover date. If there are outstanding wants of repair or decoration, then either the Landlord or the previous Lessee is responsible, if it is left until a later date, no action can be taken without documentary proof agreed with the Landlord or his Agent.

We have not listed disabled facilities, but it may arise in certain circumstances, they should have been covered in the survey or legal enquiries.

If you find anything that you consider should also be listed, please email us at ,we appreciate your input, if it will help others.


The views expressed are not necessarily the editors and accepts no responsibility for them, we do try to avoid offensive or litigious statements being made. They are written by concerned professionals in the industry who feel that these issues should be raised to ensure that all licensees are made fully aware of many hidden pitfalls.

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