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UK’s First Commercial Tenants Association Launches

UK’s First Commercial Tenants Association Launches
16 March 2021
 

A body to provide independent support and advice to the UK’s 900,000+ commercial tenants has launched.

The Commercial Tenants Association (CTA) will provide its members with access to all the advice and training they need, as well as a team of carefully-selected legal and industry experts who will assist members with their tenancy issues.

The association will act as a unified voice fighting for more rights, protection and fairness for commercial property occupiers.

The CTA’s recent survey of over 1,000 commercial tenants shows that 73 per cent are dissatisfied with their treatment as customers, while 88 per cent lack the expertise to deal with general tenancy issues and struggle to find the independent support and advice they desperately need.

Many tenants feel they have been treated poorly, particularly throughout the pandemic.

 

“It’s never ceased to amaze me how poorly tenants are treated by landlords, property managers and agents – it’s as if they’re worthless occupiers or unwelcome guests.  Where else is a fare-paying passenger not treated like a valued customer – and which other market is geared so heavily towards the seller and not the buyer?"

–Peter Bell

Founder, CTA

 

“Archaic and Punitive Behaviour”

 

Peter Bell, tenant champion and CTA founder, explains: “It’s never ceased to amaze me how poorly tenants are treated by landlords, property managers and agents – it’s as if they’re worthless occupiers or unwelcome guests.  Where else is a fare-paying passenger not treated like a valued customer – and which other market is geared so heavily towards the seller and not the buyer?

“The archaic and often punitive behaviour of far too many landlords and their representatives depict how the establishment and landed gentry have set the scene from centuries past.  But now, with the launch of our association, tenants have a champion in their corner who can help them fight for a fair and equitable market.”

“With so many businesses struggling to survive the pandemic, it’s more vital than ever that the underdog in the adversarial landlord/tenant relationship has someone willing to fight their corner. Today, the CTA has been established to be that champion!”

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Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 16 March 2021

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