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Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - AN­GELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

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.

Photo by NEIL WEAVERS

Sad day: Pecorino’s owner Mar­cus An­der­son

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