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Sorry to be late to respond.

I would suggest you remove his signage and put up your own sign.

You are required (by law) to register YOUR business name if you’re trading by a name other than your own personal name. So, if you will be promoting the same name as the previous tenant then you would need to have this registered for yourself as well. This will be difficult (or impossible) if the previous tenant still has the registration.

There are also issues about ‘misleading and deceptive’ conduct and passing off. Even if there is no trademark in place, if the previous tenant thinks you are trying to ‘trade’ off his reputation by promoting that your business is still the same then yes, he could have grounds for legal action against you.

Perhaps you can speak to the real estate agent or your landlord about removing the signage?