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    • Moo Stoo
    • By Moo Stoo 18th Oct 19, 2:11 AM
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    Dealing with exploitative landlords
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    • 18th Oct 19, 2:11 AM
    Dealing with exploitative landlords 18th Oct 19 at 2:11 AM
    MrsCake1982: mrscake1982■ : 2 minutes ago
    So I started my own street food business almost a year ago and at the time I was over the moon to be able to find a commercial kitchen unit to hire. Unfortunately that joy soon turned to a nightmare.

    Without going into too much detail the two who lease the kitchens are preying on small start ups. They only care about money and shirk what little contracted responsibilities they actually do have. Before you are allowed to take up residence you have to go to a solicitor and sign an opt out of the 1954 act with gives rights to commercial tenants. And they use that to threaten people with eviction all the time.

    I finally had enough of their crap and decided not to renew my tenancy. I was extremely lucky to find another kitchen. But if I hadnít that would have put me out of business and potentially out of my home.

    I will be so relieved to get away from them, but I canít just walk away and forget about it. Thatís what other people they have put out of business have done in the past. And it boils my blood to think of them getting away with this time and again. I have made a lot of friends with the other tenants in that building and they are being exploited too, but are too scared to do anything about it.

    I have a solicitor friend and we sat down and discussed everything and although they are clearly operating in both legally and morally dubious ground. The legal options will likely cost thousands, take forever and will have no guarantee of success.

    So what Iím looking for is ideas for bringing these two down, or are least getting them to behave in a way that is vaguely human! Iíve already contacted my local newspaper to see if theyíre interested, but havenít heard anything back. The good news is that they only sublet the building, and if they were forced out the owner would likely do a deal direct with the tenants.

    So come on people, any original ideas on how to deal with these parasites?
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    • Savvy_Sue
    • By Savvy_Sue 18th Oct 19, 2:59 AM
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    • 18th Oct 19, 2:59 AM
    Our advice on this board to prospective tenants of commercial properties is always to get your lease looked at by a solicitor with experience in that area who is working for you. Yes, this costs money, but - and this is not something I have ever done, so what do I know? - my guess is that a solicitor would advise you NOT to sign such an opt out.

    So, spread the word to prospective tenants to always get your own legal advice, because you can't afford not to ...
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    • Moo Stoo
    • By Moo Stoo 18th Oct 19, 9:44 AM
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    • 18th Oct 19, 9:44 AM
    Thanks for your reply. Hindsight is a wonderful thing but this doesn’t stop them continuing to exploit people. I’m looking for ways to stop the abuse.
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 18th Oct 19, 9:47 AM
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    • 18th Oct 19, 9:47 AM
    The good news is that they only sublet the building, and if they were forced out the owner would likely do a deal direct with the tenants.

    So come on people, any original ideas on how to deal with these parasites?
    Originally posted by Moo Stoo
    You wrote it yourself. Grass him up.
    Last edited by PasturesNew; 18-10-2019 at 9:54 AM.
    • Moo Stoo
    • By Moo Stoo 18th Oct 19, 10:35 AM
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    • 18th Oct 19, 10:35 AM
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    • 18th Oct 19, 10:35 AM
    I’ve already tried grassing them up. The building owner dislikes them as much as we do. But he has a contract with them. And from his perspective as long as they are not doing anything illegal he has no basis to change the current arrangement.
    • Savvy_Sue
    • By Savvy_Sue 18th Oct 19, 10:23 PM
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    • 18th Oct 19, 10:23 PM
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    • 18th Oct 19, 10:23 PM
    And by the sound of it, they are not doing anything illegal.
    Still knitting!
    Completed: TWO adult cardigans, 3 baby jumpers, 3 shawls, 1 sweat band, 3 pairs baby bootees, 2 sets of handwarmers, 1 Wise Man Knitivity figure + 1 sheep, 2 pairs socks, 3 balaclavas, multiple hats and poppies, 3 peony flowers, 4 butterflies ...
    Current projects: pink balaclava (for myself), seaman's hat, about to start another cardigan!
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