Can I end my commercial lease early?

Leases tend to be for a fixed length of time, or a ‘term’, of between 3-7 years. Unless a lease contains a break clause, which allows a tenant to end a lease early, there are only two other options – both of which require the landlord’s consent:

1) To sell or transfer the lease to another tenant  – this can be referred to as ‘assignment’, or;
2) To surrender the lease back to the landlord.

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