Need to get out of the lease ? I have lease place to open restaurant , i have put about 60,000$ in it and was hopping the

Asked over 1 year ago - Lexington, SC

Bussiness will be good , but after 6 months , im losing money and i still have 3 years in the lease , whats my option , and should i ask the landlord for the 60,000$ i have put in his place , which i cant take with me such as decor ,painting , pluming ,electric and grease trap , and what is gonna happened if i dont pay the rent ? Is he just gonna kick me out or he is going to ask for the rent for the rest of the lease , what i should do ? I have already lost all my money and my house i need all the help i can get please thank you

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  1. James Ross Snell


    Contributor Level 13


    Lawyer agrees

    Answered . I'd like to know if the lease you signed obligates you personally, or if you protected yourself by using a corporation or a limited liability company. If you protected yourself on the front end then the landlord's remedies for your non-payment are likely going to be limited to something called rent by distress, where they can try to take your property located inside the premises. That would be done by the appropriate Magistrate Court.

    If you signed personally, or made a personal guarantee, then the landlord might try to obtain a personal judgment against you for the remaining payments. I think the first step for you would be to carefully review the lease to determine exactly what your exposure is, and then consider whether or not you need to take any additional steps.

    Depending on your situation a lawyer might be able to help negiate something with the landlord to give you credit for your improvements if you were to voluntarily give up possession and leave them intact.

  2. Brandy Ann Peeples


    Contributor Level 19

    Answered . Unfortunately, you are obligated under the lease whether or not your business is successful. As for the money you put into the rental premises...look to the terms of the lease to see whether any improvements you make are done at your own risk. I highly doubt that your landlord is going to pay you back for any improvements you made to the premises.

    If you don't pay the rent, your landlord can evict you. Depending on the terms of your lease and your state laws, your landlord may be able to accelerate the entire amount of rent due and owing under the lease and take legal action against you for the outstanding amount. If you signed a personal guaranty (which is common in commercial leases), your landlord might come after you personally.

    Frankly, if I were you I'd consult a bankruptcy attorney. I'm not saying that you should file bankruptcy, but there may be ways to alleviate the debt owed by your restaurant. There may also be other protections available to you.

    DISCLAIMER: Brandy A. Peeples is licensed to practice law in the State of Maryland. This answer is being provided... more

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