Commercial Property Considerations For GP Partnership Changes

Published date27 April 2021
Subject MatterReal Estate and Construction, Real Estate
Law FirmKeebles
AuthorMs Hollie Hemmens

Changes are often made to the partnership structure of a GP Practice, with partners joining and leaving various practices frequently, but little thought is often given to how the partnership property is dealt with and what considerations the partners should have when making these changes.

Some of the main points to consider are listed below:

Is the Property Freehold or Leasehold? If the property is a leasehold tenure it may mean that consent of the landlord is required before any changes can be made. There may also be restrictions in the lease that mean additional requirements need to be satisfied or which prevent the changes being made altogether.

Is the Property subject to a Legal Charge? Many GP Practices are subject to mortgages. Where this is the case, lenders will impose additional requirements on the partners to protect their security in the property. It may be that they decide to keep in place the original lending and ask the partners to give covenants and releases in relation to that original lending or, as is often the case, the lender might decide to redeem the existing charge and re-charge the property with a new mortgage. It is important to ascertain the lender's preference at the outset of the matter as this will affect the procedure that is taken.

Is Stamp Duty payable? Payment of Stamp Duty Land Tax can be costly, especially if changes are made to the partnership frequently. However...

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