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I recently let a section (shared space) of a commercial retail space. During the talks I asked if there were any major works planned as they had in my lease that I would be liable to share the costs if anything were to happen - I negotiated and capped it off at £4500 because something made me suspicious about it.


Then 1.5 months into lease a tenant from above the shops who owns part of the freehold came in quite upset that my landlord was avoiding him - and he stated you've known this is coming for a long time - which she tried to hush him because I was there. This was in relation to the works on the building.


Immediately my thoughts were - wtf - Ive been lied to - I asked. Then 1.5 months later I get an email stating that the freehold has voted and works are going ahead and I need to pay a portion.


My landlord acted completely surprised and like we're devastated as well - and can't believe this - we may have to stop trade. When I know for a fact I heard the guy say they've known this was coming for a long time.


Not only that but now scaffolding will be erected over my shop front for god knows how long. Due to being a new business this could cause me to go under.


Do I have any recourse? Can I sue them for not disclosing major works and also get out of my lease? What rights do I have?


Ive completely been taken advantage of and unfortunately its my first time at the rodeo and I completely fell for the nice charming lady act. Clearly just that.

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You are in commerce, nothing should surprise you.

What work is being undertaken and for what expected duration?

Find out from other freeholders when your LL was first informed of planned work.

You may need services of local solicitor, specialising in Contract law to pursue any poss claim against LL.

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