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2 years ago my landlord and I agreed a 10 year lease on a

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2 years ago my landlord and I agreed a 10 year lease on a public house. The tenancy agreement was written up then passed to individual solicitors to finalise. But after 4 months of paying the agreed rent the landlord payed off both solicitors saying a verbal agreement was adiquit. Landlord then send me an tenancy at will agreement which i did not agree or sign. I kept the original agreement and solicitors letters although they were never signed, for 2years I have payed the agreed weekly rent payment and followed all original lease term's. landlord also allowed me to invest a lot of my money into the the property as i believed i had a ten year business. Now without written notice he tells me that he's taken the business back and I am to pay off my employees. Can he do this?

Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Ash replied 2 years ago.
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Why did you not demand a written lease giving you 10 years? Did anyone else witness the conversation?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Yes both our legal representatives were present when the lease was discussed. They then continued to negotiate terms on our behalf. I received in writing the offer of a ten year lease with which i verbally agreed. I then received the in writing a10yrs tenancy agreement dated July 8th 2013, both parties named but not signed. I payed 2 weeks rent and a part payment for fixtures and fittings on July 8th ive continued to pay the agreed amount every week since. After so many attempts to finalise the lease, in October 2013 my solicitor received a letter from landlord, which I still have, it stated that we had agreed to a tenancy at will instead, I had not agreed. he explained to me there were a few complications but not to worry. Later i received the tenancy at will agreement also dated July 8th 2013 named not sighed. I was advised not to sign or agree which I didn't,

Expert:  Ash replied 2 years ago.
Ok. But why didnt you ask for a signed lease? Didnt you think it wise?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

yes i know I should have had it signed, it was supposed to be signed. For 4 months I tried to have it signed. I've known the landlord a long time, he has many businesses and had recently started up new one but for whatever reason he was unable to sign at the moment but not to worry and I trusted him

Expert:  Ash replied 2 years ago.
Did anyone witness the conversation?