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well he wants to merge all the current 5 leases for the 6 individual units into one lease as well as adding in the common area into this one new proposed lease and he wants to CHARGE A FLAT-RATE OF £45 for the front part of the shop that faces the street as well as for the middle part of the shop and as well as for the rear part of the shop, knowing full well that all shops need rear space for a small office and or storeoom toilets etc so how can he charge the same commercial rate flatly to all parts ?
well the leases haven't come to an end yet but they are coming up separately for review.
is he entitled to ask for one single lease instead of for say the current 5 lease plus one more for the common parts which he isn't offering us he's only offering the common area lease as part of one single merged lease.
we want 6 separate leases so we are not tied up as much as in one fixed lease with one and the same rent and one fixed term. are we entitled to this ?
so we can negotiate him down if he wants one single lease., which is what he prefers from us , so in exchange to us agreeing one lease , we can ask for a much lower rent for the common parts.
what if he gives us 6 separate leases , can we still negotiate down the rent as he is giving us one what we want and he will ask for something from us in exchange , such as a higher rent ?
what can he in law do to us if we physically join the 2 units by closing the common area with a large piece of glass without his authority , can he sue us to take it down ?
are there any precedents where a landlord has been forced to negotiate down a rent to AN UNUSABLE COMMON AREA and which criteria did they apply to effectively make him negotiate down the rent ?