The office next door has come up for lease, and it would be a bit handy to have two connected units, so we are looking to lease it. Simples you might think. We were their neighbours for years before the moved the office so they know us. We have been in business for 12 years and have multi million pound a year accounts with our favourite telco on credit terms, what could go wrong?
But then the solicitors get involved, and it gets messy. And I have to wonder why...
After all, if someone comes to work for us they expect us to pay them money every month, yet they do not expect a guaranteed 3 year commitment, or to see audited accounts, or have a 3 month deposit, or have a director's personal guarantee or a charge on the company, yet they are probably risking their entire family income on us staying in business and paying them every month.
But when a business wants to lease a building, for a similar amount each month to the above scenario, even though that is a drop in the ocean and not their entire income, they expect you to go through hoops.
Why is this I wonder? Why can't life be simple.
Thankfully we don't need the same, so we are holding our ground and maybe it will all work out. Ho hum.
Followup: They have caved in - now to get the actual leased checked over properly.