I have a new client who signed a commericl lease for a property. The heads of terms stated the landlord was X Ltd but in the actual lease the landlords are actually A Ltd & B Ltd. Upon receiving the keys and going to the property he was met with the office ceiling on the floor as the roof had collapsed. He notified the landlords agent and arranged for a builder to come and clear up the mess for which the landlords agent assured him he would be reimbursed and they would send a roofer round to repair the roof. Fast forward 10 months and the roof has still not been repaired so he handed back the keys. He paid the builder and the non domestic rates for the 10 months without being able to use the property. The landlord then issued proceedings through the County Court for non payment of rent, client counter claimed for builders costs & rates. Judge agreed with client and threw their claim out and awarded him the full amount plus costs.
This is when he brought it to me and asked for help on what to do next so I went to companies house to find information on A Ltd & B Ltd and companies house says they are active but dormant, accounts filed show the only asset as £1 share capital but they both have outstanding mortgages/debentures for various properties listed in the charges?
Is this one for the solicitors as Im totally out of my depth now and I dont want him to waste any more money pursuing ghosts?