Kung fu school teacher com­bat­ive over in­flex­i­ble land­lords

Fight for rights in ten­ancy

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - TONY RAGGATT tony. raggatt@ news. com. au

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.”

Pic­ture: ZAK SIM­MONDS

SEEK DEALS: Pablo Car­de­nas with son Emilio, 16, at the new Wing Chun Kung Fu school.

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