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How can I rent a vacant retail shop (rent, not lease)?

I'm looking for a retail A1/A2 shop to rent, I was looking on websites, it seems there is nothing I can rent and they are all to lease. As we should pay 40k up front plus the rent, do you know if it's possible to rent a vacant/empty shop? Like as property so only monthly rent will be paid not the price for lease regards

Asked on Apr 11 2012, Renting in Kingston upon Thames | Report content

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  • Rent = lease = tenancy they are the same thing

    Answered on Apr 17 2012, Report content
  • I think I know what you mean. If you sign up for a lease,you are stuck with the shop for however long the lease runs. This usually includes the monthly rent, a contribution to the upkeep of the building, insuring the building itself and other costs laid down by the Landlord (after also paying £500 to get the lease drawn up) You are looking, as am I for a month to month rental, with a rental agreement that allows you or the Landlord to give a months notice with him being responsible for the building and you for the contents and internal decor as you would if you rent a house. I've been looking at a shop that has been empty for 2 years and in the current climate am not prepared to tie myself to a lease for 5 years. I imagine landlords would prefer to have the rent coming in at the moment and might be open to this suggestion. I think if I were a landlord with an empty shop I'd rather have the money coming in and as long as I only had to give the tenant a months notice if someone did want to purchase the lease there would be no problem. Also empty places tend to start smelling musty and become very unappealing, much better chance of selling the lease if prospective tenants view a nice clean well decorated shop that needs little work. I am about to email the estate agent and make this offer. He might tell me to get on my bike but it's worth a try and if all else fails I will open a market stall until I am confident that I can make it work.

    Answered on Sep 20 2012, Report content

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