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Are you the Landlord or tenant please?
Its bad news then I am afraid. If you do short or do not pay you will be in breach of the lease and could be evicted.
As you are a commercial tenant even if you are 1 day late bailiffs can take possession of the property.
They do not even need a Court Order to do this - so you need to be very careful.
What you can do is get a number of quotes to put the work right this will form your loss
You need to write and set out your losses and request the Landlord fixes it or pays you the loss sum within 14 days or say you will go to Court within 14 days. You should make sure you send this recorded delivery and keep a copy.
If they do not then you then you can issue proceedings in the County Court. You can either do this online at: www.moneyclaim.gov.uk or by completing form N1 http://hmctsformfinder.justice.gov.uk/courtfinder/forms/n001-eng.pdf and take it to your local County Court.
The Court will then issue a claim which a copy will be sent to the Defendant who will have a limited time to defend it, if not you can enter Judgment and enforce.
If the matter is defended it will be set down for a trial. If the claim is for £10,000 or less it will be a small claim and you will not need representation.
Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?