Hello my name is ***** ***** I will help you with this.
For now please let me know whether the lease allows you to with hold rent please?
No it does not. but it does state my office comes with an intercom/buzzer system, which it does not.
Indeed. Usually there would be clause which says not to set off or withold rent. It does not say this anywhere?
No. It is very short and simple contract put together by Brasier Freeth who manage the property on behalf of the owners. it is a serviced unfinished office if that helps?
Ok - the bad news is this
If you are even a day late with rent the law allows the Landlord to re-enter the property and change the locks
Therefore I would not risk that
What I would do is get several quotes for getting the work done - this forms your loss
You should to write and set out your losses and ask for the work to be done or payment for it within 14 days or say you will go to Court. Make sure you send this recorded delivery and keep a copy
If they refuse then you can issue proceedings which can be done online at: www.moneyclaim.gov.uk or by competing form N1 at: https://hmctsformfinder.justice.gov.uk/courtfinder/forms/n001-eng.pdf
The Court will then issue the claim which will be sent to the Defendant and they will have a limited time to defend it, if not you can enter Judgment and enforce it. If the matter is defended it will be set down for a hearing. If the losses are £10,000 or less then it will be a small claim and you do not need representation.
Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?
OK - so I can get quotes and then if the work is not done get it done myself and take that off the rent?
If they dont you can sue for the cost of getting it done
Once you have a CCJ then you can take it off the rent
But not unless you have a CCJ
OK - how much time would that take?
Well it depends.Anything from 2 weeks if not defended to 6 months if there is a trial
Does that help?
Yes. thank you. It's clear the law favours the landlord! but very helpful and prompt
Great. Can I help with anything else today?
No thank you! I just need to know how to confirm how to pay you?
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