Variation of leases: Reducing the term
Where a lease is varied so as to reduce the term, this is treated as the acquisition of a chargeable interest by the lessor, under FA03/SCH17A/PARA15A(2).
This is the acquisition of a major interest since the lessee is relinquishing part of his major interest (the lease). If the landlord gives chargeable consideration of £40,000 or more to the tenant, a land transaction return will be required. Otherwise the transaction does not have to be notified.