What to do if I have a small business and today my landlord allowed the same type of business to open 3 doors down from me?

What recourse do we have? We sank everything into this place.

Asked on November 12, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Georgia


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

You need to check the terms of your lease. See if there is a restriction on a similar type business operating in the same strip center, etc. as the one in which your business is located. If there is, then your landlord is in breach of the lease and you can commence a civil suit to enforce the restriction. If not, then I'm afraid that your landlord is within its rights to allow a competitor to operate. While not good business since it can hurt one or both of the tenants, it is unfortunately legal.

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