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POPULAR Mossman Café Pecorino’s will close down next week after refusing a rent rise of 50 per cent.
Owner Marcus Anderson said he was taking his case against Town & Country Ltd which owns the Woolworths complex to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal for several reasons.
A notice from Town and Country’s Lawyers to Mr Anderson states a new lease was offered last year but was not signed and because of the lack of response, Town & Country was withdrawing the offer and terminating the tenancy.
Rent was originally $1,217.66 per month and the new lease would have increased it around 50 per cent, but when Mr Anderson allegedly did not sign, he was issued a monthly lease of $2,777.50 per month - a 228 per cent increase.
“They have practically doubled my rent- it has gone up from $140 sq m to around about $300 sq m but there was no rent review at all, I don’t know how they came up with the $300 sq m,” Mr Anderson said.
“It’s too late now because I have got my notice to say I must leave, it’s totally sad for the community who utilised Pecorino’s as a hub.
“It’s now in the hands of QCAT and I will accept the judge’s decision.
“I was happy to sign a new lease at a realistic price, not $3,000.”
Mediation will occur at the beginning of next month and if there is no resolution the case will proceed to court.
Town & Country’s lawyer contacted the Gazette and said there will be no comment while the matter is before court.
Sad day: Pecorino’s owner Marcus Anderson