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I Leased a unit from a Mr Lawson and the lease was for 3 years.

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I Leased a unit from a Mr Lawson and the lease was for 3 years. It was actually my husbands business but in my name(Its a dance business as he is a professional dancer). My husband moved on and so I was left to run the business, however as I am not a dancer I found it impossible to do and so informed Mr Lawson that I was struggling. I met with him and his spokesperson Paul who suggested that I walk away even though I owe them 24 thousand pounds as the lease should run for another two years. They suggested that I leave the building as it was, meaning I leave the floors, Mirrors, Barres the reception desk etc and maybe their solicitor would allow me to go just go as leaving these items would sweeten the deal but that as I owed 24 thousand pounds that they couldn't guarantee it. They were having meeting with the solicitor on the Thursday. on the Saturday I had my final day of the working term and paul came in and took the keys, no guarantees had been made, no hands shaken and no papers signed. A few days later another dance school posted pictures of them in the building. Mr Lawson had underleased the business. They say I am not entitled to anything as I owe them 24 thousand pounds if I kick up a fuss. Their solicitor is Sara Lawson a relative of the guy that owns it Mr Lawson. I was under the impression that a lease is a promise to pay and that by underleasing me and breaking the contract that the new owners are fulfilling that lease. So what about my assets that the new owners are happily using? I do not know what to do and am being threatened with expensive law suits by Sara Lawson if I don't go quietly. I may add my husband left the business when he meft me and my 6 children so heavy lawsuits are the last thing I want, however I still am paying two loans for those assets so I believe I should receive something back for them or the opportunity to take them away and sell them on. What do I do? Thank you
Penny Langdale
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Ash replied 3 years ago.
Alex Watts :

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Alex Watts :

So you walked away, they have relet the building but they are still saying you owe the rent for the remaining period - is that right?

Customer: If I leave my assets then no. They have relet the building with all my fixtures and fittings which they want to keep to cover the rent owed to cover the lease for the two more years that I should be in there for.
Alex Watts :

Ok - so if you dont leave the assets they will chase you for the debt, if you do leave the assets they release you?

Customer: Yes but it is my understanding that they cannot chase me as they have relet it. Therefore I do not owe 24 months rent any longer.
Alex Watts :

Yes indeed. If they relet then they can only charge for the empty period and re-letting fees

Alex Watts :

Therefore they can NOT charge for the entire term

Alex Watts :

If they try you can deny and defend it

Alex Watts :

If they relet to be clear you are only liable for the empty period and any costs of that relet

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