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Query on Licence to Occupy

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  • Query on Licence to Occupy

    Hi, I am seeking some clarity on my position with regards to a retail property that I signed a Licence To Occupy 22 months ago, please see photos attached.
    I have paid the specified rent for the past 22 months and all payments are up to date.
    I am in possession of the only 2 sets of keys for the premises, the landlord does not have any keys to access the property.
    While the contract in the photos says that what I have signed is a licence, does the fact that the landlord cannot access the property without me being there and that I have paid the rent for the past 22 months mean that what I actually have is not a licence but rather a lease or tenancy, irrespective of what the contract states.

    The reason I need some clarification on this issue is that the landlord has recently let me know that he needs to double the rent and issue a new licence. With business being bad at the moment I cannot afford to pay the new rent, but I need more than the specified 4 weeks or even immediate termination mentioned in the licence to clear the property.
    Licence to occupy
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  • #2
    Many thanks in advance


    • #3
      Is this all the documentation you have regarding the licence?
      The information I supply is provided for informational purposes only and, should not be construed as legal advice.


      • #4
        Yes it is, and it was sent to me by email, apart from mine and the landlords details which has been folded under.


        • #5
          In my opinion, I would say what you have is a lease and even though its says a licence.

          However this does not stop the landlord from increasing the rent as he has allowed for this within the contract.

          I either wait for someone who specialises in property law to say for certain or you'll be able to go to most solicitors and receive 15-30 minutes free advice.

          The information I supply is provided for informational purposes only and, should not be construed as legal advice.


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