Saturday, 9 August 2014

Oi, That's Not Your Shop

It seems that the people who opened up the Mac Repairs shop at the bottom of Central Road round the corner from the station rather cheekily sidestepped the issue of getting permission from the landlord first. It appears they merely took it upon themselves to enter the premises (perhaps by force) and set up a shop without paying rent in hopes that nobody would notice...

Notices appeared on the shop a few days ago saying that the landlord had reoccupied the premises. Tellingly the notice also says:
"Mac Repairs had no entitlement in law to possession of these premises."

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According to a nearby local trader, the same landlord owns all the shops there. Linays Commercial are the agents both for this shop and also for the old Cuppaholic shop further up which is up for sale. So with people around who know how to contact the landlords and their agents, it surely can't have been that hard to find out who to talk to about taking out a proper lease on the shop.

They only opened on the 19th June, less than two months ago. It sort of begs the question, 'Why would people risk being thrown out of their shop in such a short time, losing possession of their stock, when they could just play by the rules and open legitimately like everyone else?'


6 COMMENTS (Add Yours Now!):

Howard said...

I wonder what happens to any equipment left for repair?

Stuart said...

this would also explain why they had no idea the technical question I had for them ... they seemed clueless

Post as Guest said...

This scenario sounds a little surreal and illogical. It's not as though this business was operating covertly. Perhaps there is more to this?
Maybe the occupiers were paying rent to someone who introduced themselves as the landlord's agent, who has since departed without trace?
Alternatively, I've heard of landlords offering free temporary use of a run down site, with the deal being that the temporary occupier upgrades the building. But as soon as the remedial work is done, the landlord demands either the temporary occupier out, or an extortionate rent from them, for use of a 'newly upgraded building'.
I'm sure we will find out the full story in due course.

Andrew (the former WP Blogger) said...

It could be that Mac Repairs had taken a sublease from a party who wasn't legally entitled to sublet or being granted a right of occupation by somebody who had now powers to grant it. We will probably never know, but we should keep an open mind as they may not necessarily have done anything unlawful or underhand here.

Andrew (the former WP Blogger) said...

It could be that Mac Repairs had been misled by taking a sublease from a party who wasn't legally entitled to sublet or had being granted a licence to occupy by a licensor who had no authority to do so. We will probably never know, but we should keep an open mind as they may not necessarily have done anything unlawful or underhand here.

Martin said...

Some good comments below. it does seem very odd why someone would go to the trouble of having signs made up and a bit of local marketing? bottom line is who ever owns these little stores need to clean them up, and not just hope whom ever leases them does!

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