I have sold the business or I should say giving it away and got the landlord a new tenant who signed a eight year lease with him. I still had six years to that lease but of course now the lease is been rewritten and given to the new tenant my name is off . Now my landlord is asking me to pay sales tax to the end of my six year lease and he would like almost $20,000 in back and present rents. Now I have turned over all my equipment and products to the new tenant and in the future if he can be successful he will pay me something for the business equipment and product. I am in Florida. My question is am I responsible to pay landlord this money now that I have got him a new tenant to pay the rent. He knew that the business was hit by a large walk out at the beginning of the summer and said he would take whatever I could pay him. So I did and now he wants at least 10,000 he said. I don't have this money to pay. I had a $2000 deposit down which of course he is keeping and I see no problem with that just not sure what I should do!
Your post is somewhat unclear.
Retain counsel to review the original lease, the sales documents, and all other relevant material. I would suggest not paying anything to the landlord until you have counsel.
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Unfortunately, your troubles are NOT the landlords troubles. While you got a replacement tenant for the remaining lease term that does nothing about the rent money or costs you owe for the past unpaid rent. You may want to talk to a bankruptcy lawyer about addressing the fall out of your business crashing.
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