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I rent a commercial property from a housing association. My

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I rent a commercial property from a housing association. My contract with them is for camping and outdoors gear. My business has only been open 6 months but it hasn't been going well, but I got a lifeline of investment from a friend for 25% of the business by selling firearms and ammunition. 6 weeks ago I asked the housing association for approval to build a safe in the back of my shop. They aren't happy about it but because my contract with them is for outdoor equipment they can't say no. So they have been trying to find a loop hole by saying that they need to speak to residential tenants in the area first.
That wasn't working for them so now they are saying that I'm in rent arrears of 5 months so they can't approve my application until I've paid up in full.
First of with this housing association they only contact you about rent arrears after 6 months my application was in with them when I would only be 3 months in arrears.
Secondly I was given 9 months free rent as reduced rate in rent, but because of damp and rot problems in the shop witch the housing association knows about because they came to the shop a few months ago and took pictures of the problems. So some of my stock has been damaged. I decided to use my 9 months free rent to use the money to get the problems fixed.
Right now I don't know what else to do I've put £30,000 into my business and I've nothing left and if I don't get the approval for the safe I'll lose everything.
Please help
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Jamie-Law replied 1 year ago.

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

Does the agreement say they will only consider this if you are up to date please?