Property problems: Wording of lease the key to brothel tenancy
Monday 26 January 2004
Q. My family trust owns a property in central Auckland. One of the tenants (who has used a floor for his offices) is leaving for new premises and has told me he will be assigning his lease.
By The LandlordI have learned who he is negotiating with and from my inquiries have good reason to believe that party proposes to establish a massage parlour in the building.
This horrifies me (and more particularly, my wife and children). Can I stop this happening?
A. You have raised a very interesting issue. This has become more relevant to many landlords and tenants given the recent legalisation of prostitution (since most leases would prohibit a tenant from carrying out illegal activities within the premises).
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