I rented a shop from the local borough for 5yrs on a contracted out lease, it expired April 18 and it wasn't until Aug 19 I was placed on a tenancy at will. Negotiations fell flat as the council didn't want to accept the rent equivalent as an invoice for this period or through a backdated lease as it could mean I argued security of tenure. I left in September 19, as the council wanted a large premium on top of rent for a contracted out lease expiring in just mar 21. The council were seeking to keep their options open for redevelopment, and so ignored my requests for a lease, nothing was ever put in writing and my rent was returned.
Had there have been an invoice for this period, I would have paid and argued security of tenure. Also, if I believed they had a case for mesne profits after leaving, I would also have paid.
The council are threatening court action for this sum of money, now it does not compromise their position, and are requesting a "reasonable offer".
Where do you believe I stand?