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12:56 PM, 23rd January 2019
About 2 years ago

Lease extension - Situation Hopeless?

Reply to the comment left by Graham Bowcock at 23/01/2019 - 10:25
Dear Graham, thank you so much for your thoughtful reply, it helped us to understand what we might face in the worst scenario. Yes, due to the lease the dilapidation is involved, we must leave the property in good condition. Sadly, but in our situation the landlord does not need the court order to evict us and we are already working in the direction to relocate our business nearby - there are empty shops around. And me saying that our landlord is bad person - this is not only words, but long stories to describe here. Just one thing - he made a court claims twice during 15 years for rent not being paid years ago even though we did not miss any of it. He did not discuss with us beforehand, just court claims were brought in by the postman from out of the blue. It took me each time hours for digging out the information from my shed /back than there were bank statements only/, furnishing court with the evidences that the rent was paid on time. On every occasion he withdrew his claim, but we were left with bitter feelings and shock. And not even a word of apology or regret from him. So we would be more than happy if we could relocate our business and got rid of such landlord, but this would be quite expensive as our equipment is big and heavy and require a specialist's fitting, phase 3 for electricity and so on. Unfortunately, very few shops on high street have this phase. He want rent increase more than 40% from what we are paying now. We made a thorough research and found out that even our current rent we are paying now is the highest for our area for the premises with A1 use and small size, let alone 40%up. And also there are many empty shops around as high street business is dying out. If we have no choice but to move out then not only we are losing, but our landlord does lose as well as there will be a danger for him to have an empty shop, or if he is lucky to get tenants there is no guaranty for him to get his rent paid on time.
Thanks again for your help and all the best... Read More