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    Wondering if I can seek advice on current issues with our tenants. We have tenants sharing a property for retail purposes, one upstairs and one downstairs shop in the property.

    They are both regularly late with rent and both had several cheques bounce last year. They are also constantly calling to complain about each other. The feuding is mostly because one is complaining about the standard of customer service the other provides and says that impacts on her business. This week apparently the bailiffs have been to try and gain access to the upstairs property. I have found out today that the tenant upstairs has also had CCTV installed to spy on the other one who is apparently bringing in competitors and meddling with her property.

    It is a major hassle for me as you can imagine and quite frankly I would rather not have any tenants than have this.

    I am not sure where I stand as a landlord and how much to get involved in their feuding. I am not sure to what level I am liable for any damage they are doing to each other's business. One has a basic rolling contract and the other a 12 month contract which is up at the end of Feb. Can I ask the one at the end of Feb to leave?

    Sorry for information overload! Help would be really appreciated.


  • #2
    Are the properties competing businesses and you let to them? If so you maybe liable - see Derogation from grant
    [I]The opinions I give are simply my opinions and interpretations of what I have learnt, in numerous years as a property professional, I would not rely upon them without consulting with a paid advisor and providing them with all the relevant facts[I]


    • #3
      Their feuding is not your concern and how they run their respective business is their choice.

      To be rid of them both, you could oppose renewal on expiry of their tenancies (assuming both inside LTA54 - if not then simply don't renew) on ground of persistent delay in payment of rent. But to oppose successfully you would have to show that you've not stood for any nonsense re late payment, you've instructed bailiffs and have made it clear whenever that late payment will not be tolerated.


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