All of our properties to let are listed on the above websites. Historically, most business tenancies for workshops or offices have been granted under long-term full-repairing leases. The tenant is locked into an agreed term that does not allow future flexibility if the business grows or contracts. If you are lucky, or unlucky enough to be such a tenant, long after you vacate the premises, if you are unable to sell on that leasehold arrangement, you will still be liable for the rent and all the other obligations provided for under the lease.
It is much simpler at Highgate. For the first year, new tenants at Highgate Works are offered a LEASE for ONE YEAR ONLY that may be ended with three months’ notice. The lease provides use of the property for agreed business purposes only, allowed by Wealden District Council. Tenants agree to return the property in the state in which it was at the start of the term. A deposit is taken at the outset. This is returned at the end of any tenancy, when the property is returned as agreed. If, after the first year, both parties are happy to extend the tenancy, this will be by a THREE YEAR LEASE which the tenant can still get out of by giving THREE MONTHS' NOTICE. The landlord can only end the tenancy if the terms of the lease are not adhered to.
Leasehold good quality (and bad quality) office accommodation in the East Grinstead area can be found for £14 and £27 per square foot for space around 1000 square feet. Accommodation which is as large as 30,000 square feet can be much less, around £8 per square foot. Premises less than 1000 square feet are hard to find and are usually more expensive per square foot. We have both old and new buildings each with unique characters. The setting in the countryside is attractive. Gas fired central heating is a feature of all the new brick built properties. Some have full air-conditioning.
Initially short term leases (one year maximum) which either party may terminate with THREE MONTH’S notice. After this period we hope that three year terms (usually the same as the first year) can be agreed which give the tenant more security.
We are a few yards just off the main A22; half a mile SOUTH of FOREST ROW.
We carry out all external maintenance and repairs.
CAR SPACES are charged at £7 per space per week which can be deducted from the rental price, if included, if not required.
We maintain the car parks, the driveways and the country fencing. No pets are allowed at Highgate Works.
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For the older buildings without toilets : OUTSIDE MALE & FEMALE TOILETS which are located opposite the entrance to P J Autos Garage are cleaned daily and consumables replaced.
There is communal use of dustbins which are sited in Tomtits Lane. There is a charge of £5 per 275 litres of waste (that is one quarter of the 1100 litre green bins on wheels which are in Tomtits Lane).
NO LEGAL FEES, unless you wish to instruct a solicitor yourself.
We arrange for an engraved plastic weatherproof name sign for 1) the car spaces required 2) the accommodation 3) the entrance sign board. The cost of this £50 plus VAT is added to the tenancy agreement.
ELECTRICITY which includes “climate change levy” is supplied by e-on at a low rate, Electricity will be charged at 13.3 pence per unit or kilowatt hour.All tenants pay the normal daily standing charge which is levied @ 27p per day. Electricity is measured on an individual premises meter.
RENT PAYMENT BY STANDING ORDER
An example: If the tenancy starts on January 1st, the initial payment (three months’ rent in advance) will cover rent up to the end of March. First payment by standing order on February 1st will pay rent for the month of April.
It follows that, if three months’ notice to end the tenancy is given part way through any month, there will be still to pay that part of the final month that matches the rental days in the current month that have just passed. In other words, if you wish a tenancy to end on August 15th and you give notice on May 15th, the rent for 1st to 15th August is to be paid either separately or by the standing order that should be paid on 1st June which pays for the whole of August. In this case, any overpayment of rent will be refunded at the end of the term.
DECORATIVE ORDER DEPOSIT
It is understood that the deposit is held to ensure that the property is returned in the same decorative order.Fair (and unfair) wear and tear must be made good, and this includes paintwork and carpets. The deposit figure in no way covers the cost of fixing the dIlapidations. For example, if you leave a deposit of £500 and manage to remove the roof, then the deposit amount does not provide a limit of liability.
However, the deposit will be gladly refunded in full, if the property is returned in the same condition as it was on the first day you moved in (this realistically will usually involve quite a bit of restorative effort).
AVIVA provide property insurance as one policy on the whole of Highgate Works. The premium is divided up among all occupiers and based upon the rental area in square feet of each. All external repairs and maintenance, toilet and communal area maintenance, central heating, leaf clearance remain the responsibility of the landlord. The tenant is responsible for all interior decoration and all window cleaning.