Karen Danczuk, the controversial wife of Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk, has been taken to court for commercial rent arrears by the landlord of a shop she rented and operated a business in, known as Danczuk’s Deli, in Rochdale town centre.
[blockquote align=’right’]“I am in dispute with the landlord, I have taken initial legal advice and intend taking further legal advice. I hope to resolve this amicably in the near future.”[/blockquote]
A County Court Judgment (CCJ) for £2045.32 plus £217 costs was obtained by Steven Butterfield, the owner of the shop at 4-6 The Walk, against Mrs Danczuk. Karen Danczuk has been ordered to pay by the court in an on-going rent row with the landlord involving her former delicatessen business.
Mrs Danczuk, who is a former Rochdale councillor, and who is married to the town’s Labour MP Simon Danczuk, said that she sold her deli in February, a matter of weeks after she stood down from her councillor role at the town hall.
The business, formerly known as Danczuk’s Delicatessen, is now registered as Cafe on the Walk in Rochdale but the shop is currently vacant.
Mrs Danczuk had signed a five year lease on the shop in October 2013 but vacated the building in January this year. She wrote to the landlord saying she had transferred the business.
The landlord’s solicitors, Ramsdens of Huddersfield, wrote back to Mrs Danczuk explaining to her that there would need to be a formal deed of assignment between Mrs Danczuk and the new tenant.
She was told that she would remain liable to pay the rent due under the lease unless a formal assignment could be agreed between her, the landlord and a new tenant. She was also told that she would remain liable for paying the rent if the new tenant defaulted during the remaining lease term.
Mr Butterfield said that following this correspondence there has been no further communication from Mrs Danczuk. No rent had been paid in 2015 and was accumulating at the rate of £2,000 per quarter.
Mrs Danczuk told the Manchester Evening News (MEN): “I am in dispute with the landlord, I have taken initial legal advice and intend taking further legal advice. I hope to resolve this amicably in the near future.”
Mr Butterfield said: “I had no choice but to go to court. I’m not a big, bad landlord. I let them be. I’m not vindictive, but I won’t be treated like a mug.
“She is liable for the rent – and she has three-and-a-quarter years left on this lease. She owes the money and she should pay up.
“It’s not as simple as just selling it to someone. She should have gone to the agents, who could have put it back up. I could release her from all this if she just works with me.
“New tenants have to be vetted. No-one has. She’s just ignoring it. She can’t do that.”
Meanwhile, Karen Danczuk has shot to fame after posting dozens of revealing pictures of herself on Twitter, gathering more than 33,000 followers.
The Mum-of-two Karen when closing down her Deli told the MEN:
“There’s just not enough hours in the day. I’m pleased to have introduced another business to Rochdale’s town centre and I will continue supporting business in our town because I want to see it carry on developing as a great place to shop and socialise.”
Main Image: Rochdale Town hall