Here's the latest news from the quest.
We saw a shop on the High Road yesterday which looked great. Now the rentals of shops on th High Road are huge, as i've mentioned on more than one occasion before, but this property was vacant, and so there was no premium to pay, which could save anywhere between £15000, and £150000. So we checked it out and the rent was, indeed, huge (£45k a year). The thing is, the site was so spot on that that rental value was well below what we thought, and it was within our budget. So, Tim made a call to the estate agents. What follows is a precised version of the conversation
Tim 'Hello, we're interested in the property xxx on the High Road'
Estate Agent 'What do you intend to use the property for?'
Tim 'A bookshop'
Estate Agent 'Is this an established business'
Tim 'No. It's a new business'
Estate Agent. ' The Landlord won't talk to you, 'cos you'll probably go out of business'
Estate Agent 'there's no point even talking to him'
Tim '.....right... that's a bit short sighted..does he even'
Estate Agent 'that's all there is to it'
Once Tim had recovered from this, he contacted me to let me know what had just happened. We aren't giving up there. There's a couple of MPs and a newspaper that might be able to help the influencing process.
As well as the marvellous Bob Dylan
Dear landlord,Please don't dismiss my case.
I'm not about to argue,I'm not about to move to no other place.
Now, each of us has his own special gift, and you know this was meant to be true,
And if you don't underestimate me, I won't underestimate you.
I understand that landlords can make the rules, but it does seem a little strange as the property isn't making any money at the moment, and he doesn't even know who we are.
the case continues...