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I want to make sure that I properly understand the question. You are buying a paint and body shop business and the existing owner has a lease taht still has time to run. Your queestion is whether the landlord can alter the terms of the lease or has to accept you as a replacement tenant under the existing lease? Is my understanding correct?
The starting point is the terms of the leaew. Most leases prohibt an assignement of the lease or subletting under the lease without the landlord's approval. That approval normally does not have to be given in the landlord's sole discretion. If your seller's lease allows the seller to assign the lease or sublet the premiess without the landlord's approval, then the landlord would have not basis for altering the terms of the lease. If the landlord's approval is requiored. tjem tje ;amd;prd cam cpmdotopm tjat a[[rpva; pm a remegptoatopm pf tje ;ease/ Jpwever. amu sicj renegotiation can allow you to look to eliminate obligations that do not hel your business.
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What does the lease say about assignments and sublets? Does the lease restrict the sale of the business? Unless the landlord owns the business his or her approval would not be required to sell the business.
Since the lease prohibits assignment or sublet wihtout hte approval of the landlord, the landlord can seek to make changes in the lease as a condition of approving the sublet or assignment. HOwever, you would have the right to reject those changes or propose your own. Also, you probably are not obligated to buy the business or to adjust th eprice if the lease is not acceptable to you.
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