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I have a commercial property on a license until the end of

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I have a commercial property on a license until the end of August. I have paid the rent in full until the end of August but have a dispute over the standing charge. I occupy 2 units and have been charged for whole site. I arrived at site this morning to find all locks changed. I was informed they would give me access once I had paid disputed bill in full. Can they do that? What is my recourse?
Thank you in anticipation
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Ash replied 2 years ago.
Alex Watts :

Hello my name is ***** ***** I will help you with this.

Alex Watts :

Does the licence give them a right to re-enter please?

Customer:

It reads license to occupy from 1st August - 31st August 2014. It does not refer one way or another to a right to re-enter. It is issued by the Landlords pension company

Alex Watts :

But it is a licence, rather than a lease?

Customer:

Yes it is a licence

Alex Watts :

Ok - does it say on what basis it can be terminated?

Customer:

My partner just informs me he hasn't been supplied with a hard copy of the licence- is just invoiced £1666.66 on a monthly basis under the description licence to occupy and the monthly period. Sorry I didn't realise he hadn't received a hard copy!

Alex Watts :

Ok - that may be problematic for you then.

Alex Watts :

If you dont have a copy then this is an issue.

Alex Watts :

Sadly that changes everything.

Alex Watts :

If it was a case there was no right to re-entry you may have been able to apply to the Court for relief

Alex Watts :

But sadly as you do not have a copy I would suggest making payment under protest and then issuing a claim for the remainder.

Alex Watts :

At least this way you can get in and keep running your business

Alex Watts :

If any dispute is less than £10,000 it would be a small claim and costs are very limited to issue and hear the claim

Alex Watts :

But if you dont have a copy of the licence this is what I would suggest

Alex Watts :

I would also note that a licence has very limited protection and can be terminated at any time for any reason. It is not like a lease where you have fixed protection

Alex Watts :

I am sorry if this is not the answer you want and certainly not the one I want to give you, but I have a duty to be honest

Alex Watts :

Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?

Customer:

Okay - thank you for your advice, at least we know where we stand.

Alex Watts :

Does this answer the question for you today?

Customer:

Yes thank you

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