The differences between leases and licences and when to grant them


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A short document for charities or companies wanting to understand the difference between leases or licences of property, whether in relation to their own occupation or grant of occupation to others.

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Is this right for me?

This document is right for your organisation if:

  • It occupies property or has granted occupation rights to another in property.
  • It is intending to grant occupation rights to another or enter into an occupation agreement
  • It wants to understand the difference between a lease and a licence.

This document is not right for your organisation if:

  • It is not interested in any matter other than occupation rights for property.


What you'll need…

What do I need before I start?

You shouldn't need any information beyond the name of your organisation to complete this form.


Q: What is the process?
A: Once you have logged in and paid for the form you will be asked a series of questions. These questions help us to create exactly the right document for you. There is lots of information to help you. Once you have finished the document it will be emailed to you with more instructions about what to do next.

Q: What if I don’t have time to complete the form?
A: If you don’t have all the information you need or if you get interrupted you can save the information you have inputted and return to the document later.

Q: What if I want more information about property issues?
A: You may find some of the other resources on Bates Wells Get Legal helpful, there are property documents such as a guide to disposing of charitable property and a guide to taking and running a lease. If you would like specific advice about your organisation’s circumstances, please contact Bates Wells at or 020 7551 7777 and a member of our legal team will be able to give an estimate for providing bespoke advice.

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