If its too good to be true…… You are no doubt familiar with “if it’s too good to be true it probably is”. Earlier this year a client took a lease of retail accommodation. Despite being advised to the contrary, the client decided to take-up an offer of very competitively priced conveyancing that was too good to be true. Due to a change of circumstances the client now needs to assign the lease. However, this is drafted in such a way as to significantly limit the use of the property. The landlord would be within its rights to refuse the request for an assignment unless the use remains the same. Alternatively the landlord could hold the tenant to ransom for a change of use. Several weeks have been lost as a consequence and its inevitable more time will have to be spent to resolve the problem. To put this into context if the client had been prepared to spend an additional £150, possibly £200 this shouldn’t have happened. AND there’s more….. It’s come to light that when the client took the lease there were no pre-contract enquiries. The client is now trying to answer around 30 pages of questions quite a few of which there’s little prospect of being able to give an answer. The assignment hasn’t yet been completed. On this occasion it looks as though the client may be lucky. In this instance there’s no doubt that if it’s too good to be true it probably is. Whether a landlord or a tenant, a large or small business, looking to take occupation of your 100th or 1st business premises I wouldn’t expect you to know what you should consider, things you should look for, understand some of the legal jargon or to necessarily be aware of the long term liabilities you might be entering into. If you have doubts or concerns and feel that free no obligation advice may be beneficial by all means give me a call to arrange an appointment. Jeremy’s jottings do not constitute advice on any specific matter. Lawson Commercial recommends you seek professional advice before taking action. No liability can be accepted by us for any action taken or not taken as a result of the jottings.
Unit 4 at the Knights Business Centre, Squires Farm Industrial Estate, Palehouse Common has been sold freehold. This unit includes the largest building on the complex being in excess of 7,000 sq ft together with some 7,000 sq ft of concrete yard. The unit has been acquired by Sussex Stone & Granite from Ninfield for a new manufacturing plant. This is an ideal building for Sussex Stone & Granite as they needed plenty of manoeuvring room for cutting up blocks of granite etc. The location is also good being only a mile or so from the A22 at Halland.
Lawson Commercial have let 10 Church Street, a shop with upper parts, formerly used as a pizza takeaway to a business from Eastbourne specialising in electronic smoking products. Never let it be said that Uckfield is not at the leading edge of new retail businesses with electronic smoking products now being available, currently all the rage. Church Street is now able to offer a very diverse range of businesses from hair dressing to beauty treatments, from electronic smoking products to tattoos and you can even get your mobile phone or ipad repaired. It shows what a lot of expertise there must be in the Town.
Lawson Commercial were delighted to sponsor the Best Small Business Award, won by Levick Jorgensen, at the highly successful Uckfield Business Awards ceremony that took place at The East Sussex National Hotel last week. Over 300 people attended the ceremony and dinner with awards being issued in 15 categories. Guests of Lawson Commercial partners Julia and Chris Lawson at the event included Jeremy and Claire Woolgar (president and secretary of Crowborough Chamber of Commerce), Trevor Goldsmith (president of Heathfield Chamber of Commerce) together with Nus Ghani (conservative parliamentary candidate for Wealden). In the photograph below are, from left to right, are Jeremy Woolgar, Fiona Monson (president of Uckfield Chamber of Commerce), Nus Ghani and Trevor Goldsmith.
Now that the tenant of 2 Church Street in Uckfield has finally vacated, following the expiry of his lease, an extensive programme of redecoration has been completed. The property now presents really well and for somebody who wants a little flat in the centre of town over a small retail shop this is an excellent opportunity. It would be rather difficult to make the shop self-contained from the flat above because of the compact nature of the building but it is a charming character property and in very reasonable order. How often these days do you see a shop with a flat over being advertised as a single unit? A real rarity! Give us a call and have a look.
Engineers looking for a motor repair workshop often experience great difficulty in finding suitable premises with the right planning use. Often they can find a building but then the landlord is not so keen to allow motor repair workshop use or sometimes the planning authority can be difficult. Unit 2 Panhard Buildings has just become available as the current occupier is retiring from business. This centre terrace unit has been used for motor repairs/engineering for over 20 years and is in a quiet cul-de-sac just off Bell Lane. It is ideal for a small mechanic looking for premises to run his business from or as just a straightforward workshop for a new business.