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Hi, We are a small family run sunbed shop a hairdressers in

the same small village have...
Hi, We are a small family run sunbed shop a hairdressers in the same small village have recently hired sunbeds and are charging ridiculously low prices that we could never match to take our customers is there anything we can do at all to stop this ?
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Thomas
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Hi,

Thanks for your question.

There is nothing you can do in terms of being able to get them to charge a lower price. It's a free market, business are entitled to charge whatever price they wish.

If there are any licences required to do this (which I am sure you would be aware of) then you should contact the licensing authority to check if they have a licence and report them if they don't.

Apart from that your only option would be to see if their landlord is aware they are using a sunbed and whether he consents to this. If he doesn't, for example if there is a clause in their lease which states that they properety must only be used as a hairdressers, then he may seek to enforce this against them but it is entirely up to the landlord - you cannot legally compel him to do this.

If the lease they have is greater than 7 years in length then it may be regisetred against the freehold title to the property. You can check the freehold/leasehold title here:-
http://eservices.landregistry.gov.uk/www/wps/portal/!ut/p/b1/04_Sj9CPykssy0xPLMnMz0vMAfGjzOKNjSxMDA1NjDwsjM3MDTxN3dyNDUNMjQ1MjPWDU_P0C7IdFQG9k5Tz/

If you get the leasehold title register then the land registry may hold a copy of the Lease, which you can order to check the permitted use of the property under the lease.

I believe also that the Town and Country Planning Use Class for sunbeds is that same as that for hairdressers and so it is unlikely that there is a breach of planning here either.

Sorry it could not be better news.

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