Shop owners 'forced out' after 60 per cent rent hike

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 1 Dec 2017

The owners of a pet shop say they feel "forced out" of their unit after their landlord hiked their rent by 60 per cent.

Beverley Pet Shop is leaving its base in Maple Drive after they were told their monthly rates would be heavily increased if they stayed.

The shop's owners, Louise Hudson and Paul Kaye, say they are facing major festive "upheaval" as they leave their home of 12 years on Christmas Eve before moving to their new location in Mill Lane Business Park three days later.

Although feeling positive about the move in the long-term, Louise says they did not want to leave.

The shop has been based in Maple Drive for 12 years.

She said: "We feel like we've been forced out because we didn't want to go. It's caused us a lot of upheaval at Christmas and a lot of added expense that we didn't want.

"Where we're moving to is bigger, better and we're closer to town. So although it's not what we want at the moment, it will work out for us in the long run.

"We've got two children so we're trying to juggle things at home as well. We're not going to get much of a Christmas.

"When we were told about the rent increase we pointed out that the national average rise is two per cent and they were putting it up by 60. We told them that we can't just miraculously find all that extra cash from somewhere! It's just way too high.

"Being down in London I don't think they really have much of an idea of what things are like up here.

"Our customers have been really supportive though and it's been quite humbling really."

Beverley Pet Shop owners Paul Kaye and Louise Hudson, with Becky the dog.

The shop's landlord said he did not want to comment.

Louise said a contributing factor to the move had been an ongoing row with East Riding Council over the placement of an advertising board for the shop, which was placed in Hull Bridge Road.

She claims the local authority threatened the shop with prosecution earlier this year unless they moved the board, which had originally been allowed on the road but was later the subject of a complaint by a member of the public.

Louise said: "It's really frustrating because it feels like the council's not supporting local businesses like ourselves. With all of that going on, it was the final straw for us really."

A spokesman for East Riding Council said: "The council has a duty to maintain the highway in a safe condition for all highway users. Inappropriate and unauthorised display of advertising material on the highway is an illegal activity.

"It can pose a nuisance, danger, obstruction and/or distraction to highway users. They can be a particular problem to the council and residents when items are placed on junctions or next to busy roads.

"The council has a duty under the Highways Act 1980 to ensure that roads, footpaths and verges remain clear of obstructions. The council’s approach would always be to provide advice in the first instance before any enforcement action is taken.

"In this case, a number of businesses were placing 'A' boards on a busy junction, creating obstructions to the line of site for vehicles exiting the junction, and therefore it was requested that they be removed."

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