I won’t name number figures here but we can ask for a lot less than what scoot is currently paying for this place. Scoot is month to month and the landlords are having a hard time finding a more stable renter. Even if we offered something more in our price range I think they’d go for it if we paid a couple of months up front. Losing the difference between what scoot pays and what we could pay is nothing compared to not having a tenant for ~3 months or more.
My biggest concern are VOCs and environmental hazards. I think the place used to be a hairspray factory and I doubt the plumbing has been updated since the 50s both things that need to be tested, remediated, and mentioned in negotiations.