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I have been living in my rented apartment years.The

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I have been living in my rented apartment for 15 years.
The apartment is above a three separate garages, a single one-car garage and two dual-car garages.
When I moved in, one tenant had one of the dual-car garages, and I took over the other.
When he moved out, new tenants got access to that garage.
I made serious improvements to the property at my own expense, and I have built a recording studio in my dual-car garage.
I am an audio engineer, and I make my living by recording music and voice-overs.
I am hearing rumblings that my landlord may want to take over my dual-car garage after 15 years.
I was repeatedly assured that so long as I put everything back to the way it was when I move out – that I could keep the arrangement until I chose to move away of my own volition.
If the landlord does this, the studio will no longer be functional.
The $10,000+ that I have spent will be gone.
I estimate another $4,000 will be spent to rip out all the studio equipment.
I will also have to rent additional storage.
I will no longer have a studio for my clientele.
This would be an incredible hardship for me.
The way I see it, this would essentially be evicting me.
I have been an excellent tenant.
I have done absolutely nothing wrong.
I have improved the value of this property by $20,000, and I absolutely have documentation to prove this.
What do you advise to do in preparation for this possibility?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Landlord-Tenant
Expert:  Sam replied 1 year ago.
HelloThis is Samuel and I will discuss this and provide you information in this regard.So as part of your lease, within the lease it states that in addition to your apartment you also have access to this garage? Or is that a separate lease?

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