Highgate Works was originally the builders’ yard of the well-known H&E Waters company whose business failed in 1997. The original roof-lines of the old ramshackle yard, half a mile south of the two Forest Row roundabouts, have been retained in a complete rebuilding of the old timber structures that survived for most of the twentieth century. The three-dimensional architects’ “axonometric” drawing gives some idea of the attractive development.
HIGHGATE LODGE was the purpose-built office complex of the original builders’ company. The property consists of EIGHT separate areas to include toilet facilities. It is rated by the Wealden District Council for B1 use: “B1 Business - Offices (other than those that fall within A2), research and development of products and processes, light industry appropriate in a residential area.”
1) ROOM TO RIGHT OF ENTRANCE (KITCHEN): 85 SQUARE FEET or 8 SQUARE METRES
2) ROOM TO LEFT OF ENTRANCE LOBBY: 100 SQUARE FEET or 9 SQUARE METRES
3) MIDDLE OFFICE: 100 SQUARE FEET or 9 SQUARE METRES
4) ROOM OVERLOOKING GARDEN: 136 SQUARE FEET or 13 SQUARE METRES
5) SKYLIGHT ROOM: 81 SQUARE FEET or 7.5 SQUARE METRES
6) ENTRANCE LOBBY: 246 SQUARE FEET or 23 SQUARE METRES
7) TOILET: 43 SQUARE FEET or 4 SQUARE METRES. Hot and cold water supplied via central heating system.
8) CORRIDOR: 27 SQUARE FEET or 2.5 SQUARE METRES
CAR PARKING: Rent includes ONE car parking space reserved for your exclusive use. If this is not required the rent will be reduced by £7 per week. No charge is made for visitors’ parking. There is usually space available in Tomtits Lane or on site for use of casual visitors. Additional reserved car spaces are occasionally available. Each additional car space is £7 per week if required.
ELECTRICITY: The meter (number 16) is in the cupboard to the left just inside the door and measures exact units consumed. It is not loaded in any way. Electricity is billed by e-on and we pay 13.3 pence per unit. You will be charged the same; additionally you will pay the same agreed daily standing charge of 27 pence per day.
GAS: Central heating boiler. You will pay for gas directly to the supplier of your choice. We will arrange for the gas boiler to be serviced each year. Costs for this service and any on-going central heating maintenance, the safety certification which is required by law, will all be the responsibility of the tenant.
WASTE COLLECTION: If required £5 per week covers the use of one quarter of the 1100 litre green waste-bins on wheels in the lane.
TOILETS: Inside toilet accommodation.
INSURANCE: Property Insurance is effected by AVIVA on the whole of Highgate Works. The annual premium for The Bungalow is £153.00. External repairs, pathway and road maintenance, gutters and leaf clearance are all the responsibility of the landlord. The tenant is responsible for all interior decoration. The office will be newly decorated and a deposit will be retained to ensure that the premises are returned in the same decorative order they were in at the start of the tenancy.
WATER RATES AND WASTE WATER: The water meter is shared with Highgate Works. Costs are included in the basic rental price.
RATES: You may check the rates at any time on the website of The Valuation Office: www.2010.voa.gov.uk. Click the button FIND MY PROPERTY VALUATION. Our billing authority reference number is 120501152270. This property is at the top of the list: Ref 1.1 “Office - Adj house”. The current rateable value is £55 per sq metre per annum. The 2018/2019 multiplier is 0.493.
DEPOSIT: A deposit of £1800 will be returned if at the end of any agreement the premises are returned in the same decorative condition they were in at the start of the term.
PAYMENT BY STANDING ORDER
An example: If the tenancy starts on January 1st. The initial payment (three months' rent in advance) will cover rent up to the end of March. First payment by standing order on February 1st will pay rent for the month of April.
It follows, that if three months' notice to end the tenancy is given part way through any month, there will be still to pay that part of the final month that matches the rental days in the current month that have just passed. In other words if you wish a tenancy to end on August 15th; and you give notice on May 15th, the rent for 1st to 15th August is to be paid either separately or by the standing order that should be paid on 1st June which pays for the whole of August. In this case any overpayment of rent will be refunded at the end of the term.