If I’m a partner in a barbershop and the landlord is not willing to let me sign the new lease but the business license is not up for another 1 1/2 years, what can I do?

Asked on February 28, 2013 under Real Estate Law, Maryland


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

A landlord is not obligated to rent to a commercial tenant, such as a barbershop; therefore, the landlord has the legal right to refuse to sign a renewal lease, even if your business is still a valid, going concern. Has the landlord explained the reason for its refusal? If not, that's the first thing to inquire about--once you know the reason, you may be able to work it out.

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