Your Landlord is generally not permitted to take any self-help or extra-judicial actions to lock you out of or deprive you of your right to exclusive use and possession of the leased premises.
If your Landlord believes you are in breach of the terms of your lease agreement, the only rememdy is to initiate eviction proceedings in the local housing or district court. Your landlord is not permitted to lock you out without court order and is not entitled to operate your business without some form of court relief.
This does not sound right to me. You should find an attorney who practices in commercial real estate and get their opinion as to your options. Good luck.
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Commercial leases are much different from residential ones, and you have fewer "protections" BUT what has happened to you seems outrageous. I wonder, is this a franchised business? If so, I have a similar case im currently handling and id be interested in speaking with you directly. If not, feel free to contact my office anyway--you may have some options here.
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