I wish to terminate my two year commercial lease.

Asked about 1 year ago - Greenfield, MA

I wish to terminate my two year commercial lease.

I signed a two year lease without knowledge that Verizon does not work in the building. All the other tenants knew this information and have told me that the landlords have known this all along. This is my business number marked on all my cards, brochures, websites and mailings. I cannot receive or send calls. Also, I signed knowing the town ordinance for my service was unregulated and would only require a $50 business license. Upon paying for my license the town decided to implement regulations that will cost me hundreds of dollars in order to work. Are these valid grounds for termination? If they take me to court what are the chances I would lose and have to pay my lease in full?

Thank you for your time.

Attorney answers (2)

  1. Michael S. Gove


    Contributor Level 10


    Lawyers agree

    Answered . First, whether or not you would have to pay your lease in full depends on the language of the lease. While most leases apply accelerated rent upon a default, some do leases allow for early termination. Second, if your landlord made an express representation that Verizon service was available, you may be able to argue the lease should be terminated (though, more likely, if before a judge, you would simply be awarded the cost of a replacement service). Finally, increased costs of doing business are not a valid reason to terminate the lease.

    Michael Gove is licensed to practice law in Massachusetts and Connecticut. He can be reached at 413-735-8037 or... more
  2. Thomas J Callahan

    Contributor Level 18


    Lawyers agree

    Answered . I agree with Atty. Gove. Whether you can get out depends on the lease or upon any representation LL made about Verizon. Otherwise, the Verizon issue was a matter of your due diligence and should have been inquired about. The town bylaw issue is not grounds, especially since the change happened after the lease began.

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