hi, need some advice please? i have a friend who took over a family business on the death of the business owner (his uncle)the immediate family had their own professions and and had no interest in taking over the business, as my friend was in the same line of work as his uncle, they offered it to my friend- to take over, or they would close it down in within the week. after some thought, he took the business over, changed its name to a limited company. new vat number, all new equipment/stock- started from scratch. he pays the family a good rent for the premises which they own. to start with the business was not doing very well(he has the books to prove it) but over the course of 10 years he has worked extremely hard and built the business up and it is now doing alright. he has treated himself with a new car and few things, rewards for his hard work (60 plus hours a week..ect) now the family have approached him 10 years later with copy's of the last few years business accounts (turnover) and have started to claim rights to the business, it was their fathers business and they want more out of it....they propose to increase the rent by 135% a week! and if he does not agree to this they want him out within a month as the have someone else in place to manage the company on their behalf. my friends name is on the directors of the company. as i understand -he has no proper written lease as the family would not agree to give him one. which was a mistake on his part. it was all handshakes and verbal agreement's. rent has been paid on time each and every week by cheque for the last 10 years. there's been several rent increases over the years which he has nether questioned and just paid. has also paid for all the running repairs and maintenance to the building and grounds. they have contributed nothing and nether really got involved.... until now.. he appears to be doing well for himself. he's arranged a charterd surveyor to assess the rental income . he really does not want to move from the premises and relocate especially if they intend to carry his business on under a new management. his worried they will just get him out by changing the locks one morning and just tell him... your out! sorry its abit long winded, but any advice or information on his legal postion tennant rights would be very much appreciated........................... cheers jake..