Commercial rates on a practice space (1 Viewer)

snakybus

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The landlord is trying to hit us for commercial rates on our jam space. Never heard of this kind of thing before. It has been a commercial space in the past but obviously not now.

Any experience of this kind of thing? Does he have a leg to stand on?
 

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Well he's either pulling a fast one and trying to get rates off the lads and keep them for himself ie greed or the council are looking for rates as the premises is still registered as a commercial property. I'd imagine scenario two is more likely but could be wrong.
 

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Are you renting the space to other bands? I assume the question is who the vendor is as regards the commerce, no? If you're only renting, it's the landlord, if you're making money off it then there is an argument to be made for your liability, like any other business.
 

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i used to rent a commercial basement in d6 and, as occupier, was liable for the rates, except that we had a clause in our lease that said the landlord was liable. they can hit you for backdated rates too.

more here
 

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haha no, not making money off it. Just some bands sharing it and splitting the rent/electricity

we don't even have a lease!

I told him we didn't want to pay it and haven't heard back from him so I hope that's the end of it. I'd say it's Moose's scenario 2 that's the case.
 

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