20% rent increase.



Standard negotiation tactic. Ask for far more than you want. Shock the opposition (you) into moving their expectations. You may have been expecting 2 or 5%; by asking for 20%, they've got you in a position where 10% won't seem so bad...

ETA don't offer 5%, they'll ratchet it up from there. Offer zero, or just say no.


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In fact the first thing to do is get them to write to you explaining exactly why they think a 20% increase is justified and not just a figure they have plucked out the air. I imagine it could make interesting reading.

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Man fined £300 for bonfire-related waste offences

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

A man has pleaded guilty at Newtownards Magistrates’ Court to waste offences relating to a bonfire next to the electrical sub-station on the Circular Road in Newtownards, Co. Down.

Gareth Gill (51) of Abbot’s Walk, Newtownards pleaded guilty to two charges under the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, for which he was fined £150 each and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy

On June 25, 2018, PSNI officers went to Gill’s yard, where they found a large amount of waste consisting of scrap wood, pallets, carpet and underlay.

Discussion with Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) officers confirmed the site...