We took over a lease for a specific cafe, but the seller that sold us the business also sold his LLC and the name of his business to someone else. The new owner of the LLC has cancelled our "franchise agreement" and taken down the signs from our cafe. We still have two years left on the lease we took over.
We know we need to speak to a lawyer to see if we have any rights to revert the lease back to the company that took the franchise, but we did not make a copy of the lease document we signed and we did not receive a signed copy of the "franchise agreement".
A lawyer will help you get a copy of the lease agreement.
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A lot more information would be needed. You need to contact a local attorney for assistance. There are far too many issues involved to answer on this forum.
As for getting the lease, if you know who the landlord is, contact him or her and request a copy. If you did not take over the franchise also, you may not be able to get a copy of that contract. Ask whoever you got the business from for copies. He or she might give them to you.
It would be best to get the documents first, but if you can't get them voluntarily, go see an attorney anyway.
You should always get copies of documents you signed. Any attorney who review the matter would want to see those. It sounds like you were scammed.
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You need to speak with an attorney as soon as possible. No one here will be able to advise you without reviewing the documents (at least those you possess) and discussing the transaction with you in detail. Good luck.
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