Kung fu school teacher combative over inflexible landlords
Fight for rights in tenancy
IF the landlord is inflexible during negotiation, they will most likely be unreasonable when you become a tenant, a kung fu teacher believes.
It’s not one of those wise old Chinese proverbs but it is one Townsville instructor Pablo Cardenas took to heart when trying to make a decision on the wealth of properties available for lease in Townsville.
It is also one he found to be “pretty right”.
Mr Cardenas operates the North Queensland Wing Chun Kung Fu school and needed new premises to provide more flexibility for the business to accommodate visiting instructors and its classes in Wing Chun, cage fitness, Brazilian jujitsu and jet kickboxing.
“I was reading on Google one evening that if the landlord is inflexible during negotiations, they will most likely be unreasonable when you become a tenant,” Mr Cardenas said. “After some experience in the last two or three months negotiating with different landlords, you realise that statement is pretty right.”
Mr Cardenas inspected a lot of properties in Townsville in a market tilted in favour of those looking to lease. He was able to get good offers on price and contributions towards fitout expenses, but was surprised at the reaction of some landlords to maintenance.
One even told him he would have to fix a leaky tap himself. In the end he went back to his first choice where the landlord was a “very straightforward and affable person”. “I would rather pay a high ( lease) rate and have a landlord who looks after me,” Mr Cardenas said.
Mr Cardenas said the 250sq m warehouse at 7 Civil Rd was the perfect venue, with plenty of space for training and with good access.
Colliers International executive Shaun McLaren, who helped negotiate the lease, said landlords wanted to secure good long- term tenants.
“With that in mind there’s some good deals available for those who want to investigate,” he said. “If there are other tenants out there who can’t in a property to suit their needs, they should let us know.”
SEEK DEALS: Pablo Cardenas with son Emilio, 16, at the new Wing Chun Kung Fu school.