12. Negotiating (11)
A: You’re not allowed to renovate this space without permission from me, the landlord.
B: Can I install cabinets and sofas?
A: You can add movable and portable furniture and furnishings.
B: But I need to install floor-to-ceiling walls.
A: To do that, you have to get my permission, and then you need all the permits from the department of buildings.
B: Are you going to give me permission?
A: Ask me again after you are a good tenant for five years.
B: But I can’t make my business grow without these walls.
A: You know that if you install walls, you’ll have to remove them when your lease is up.
B: That sounds fair enough.
A: Okay, if you put up a deposit that covers the wall removal, I’ll agree to it.
B: Also, I was wondering if I could install a large coat room. to get their hair and feet washed.
A: Don’t renovate this particular space without my permission.
B: Is it okay if I install sofas and cabinets?
A: You can add anything that’s temporary and movable.
B: But I really need walls that go from the ceiling to the floor.
A: As I said, you’ll need my permission, plus you’ll need to get permits from the department of buildings.
B: Are you going to be kind enough to give me your permission?
A: Maybe if you’ve been a good tenant for at least five years.
B: But I need these walls in order for my business to succeed.
A: If I let you install the walls, you’re responsible for removing them when your lease ends.
B: I can live with that.
A: I’ll agree to this if you give me a sizable deposit.
B: Also, it’d be nice if I could install a large coat room.
A: Make sure you don’t renovate this area without getting my permission.
B: I’d like to install some sofas and cabinets.
A: You can add anything that doesn’t require a contractor.
B: But I need to install permanent walls.
A: First you need my permission, and then you need permits from the department of buildings.
B: Can I count on getting your permission?
A: Let me see what kind of tenant you’ve been five years from now.
B: But without these walls, my business will fail.
A: You’ll have to pay for the wall installation and for the removal.
B: That sounds like a fair deal to me.
A: I’ll let you talk me into this if you give me a deposit that covers removal costs.
B: I don’t want to push my luck, but I’d also like to install a large coat room.