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Thank you for your prompt reply. Appologies if I ask the same questions as English isn't my first language so I need to make sure I understand.
Just to clarify:
1. The agent suggest to sign the new lease and dates can be April 2013 (7 months ago - when the old lease expired) or November 2013 (actual date now). By reading your answer I understand that I can choose whatever best for me - which would be November 2013 as it would give me another year.
2. What do you mean by: "If you sign now, the rent will be specified in the document, and therefore the landlord cannot increase it, unless the "new lease says that he can.
So if the new landlord decides to increase the rent for this commercial property he can only do it if there is such option in the lease I sign this week?
3. It's great that he cannot kick us out. However I sroped paying service charge some time ago due to several issues at the property (we had no lights in the common areas and I have pregnant collegue so after two weeks of chasing landlord and his agent - we decided to fix it ourselves, the same with other issues). I informed them that untill they resolve outstanding issues I will only pay rent and keep £189 per month (service charge). They didn't reply (it was 8 months ago) so I continued paying just rent. Can it affect the 2 weeks lock change thing you mentioned?
Thank you for clarification
The reason I stopped paying service charge because there was no service for some time (no rubbish bins provided for almost a month, no cleaning, broken windows in the common area were not replaced for weeks etc). So I though if words don't work - maybe financial loss will change it. It didn't help though. So in my mind - I don't pay service charge and they don't provide service the way they should do. It's fair. But I see your point.
As I didn't pay the service charge and I didn't have any lease contract in place since April this year does it mean that if I sign the lease now - I may get more problems for me not paying the service charge? I mean I technically had no lease contract since April 2013 and therefore didn't sign any agreement to pay the service charge, but if I sign it backdated I may be in trouble and will need to pay the outstanding amount? In this case shall I sign it from now - November 2013 - rather than backdate it from April 2013? Or it doesn't matter and they can request the service charge anyway?