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Question added to topic Legal Basics For StartupsOctober 19, 2008

Is there a legal way of breaking a business lease that has eight months left, given the terrible events happening in this economy?

The current economy has sunk my small business. Customers have stopped buying and I can't make my overhead expenses. How can I get out of my lease?
You can try speaking to your landlord to see if he/she/it will let you out of the lease early. It's possible that the landlord could find another tenant quickly (at an even higher rent).

You could also see if you could find another company to take over the balance of your lease and introduce that company to the landlord. If not, though, your business is stuck (unless it files for bankruptcy protection). If you've signed a personal guaranty, the landlord could come after you personally.

Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. is an award-winning New York City attorney, edutainer and author. Under her Ask The Business Lawyer brand, she reaches thousands of entrepreneurs and small business owners with her legal services, professional speaking, information products, and LexAppeal weekly ezine. She also writes the Making It Legal blog.

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