If you were forced to shut down your business in Orlando due to the COVID-19 virus, you probably generated little to no income unless you allowed employees to work from home or you offered curbside pickup or delivery. Without a way to bring in any revenue, you may find yourself without a way to cover your monthly rent payment. So, what happens?
While you are obligated to pay your landlord to utilize the property in which you operate your business out of, there may be a few options available to you that would allow you to avoid the eviction process. Although a Florida business law attorney would be the ideal professional to speak with regarding this, below we have outlined a few different options that may work for you.
- Be open and upfront with your landlord. The last thing your landlord wants to hear is that you cannot make your rent payment on the day it is due. Instead of waiting till the last minute to let him/her know you cannot pay this month’s rent, contact them ahead of time to discuss the issue. You might even request that they be a little more lenient with you during these unprecedented times as you aren’t the only one who is struggling to make ends meet right now.
- Read through your lease. According to Marketplace, your lease may contain a clause that deals with “the suspension of rent obligations during an emergency, during a crisis, or during a time when the government forces your business to shut down.” If you are unable to determine if your lease protects you from having to make rent payments during times like these, contact Legal Counsel P.A. to speak with an Orlando, FL business contracts lawyer.
- Reach out to a business lawyer in Orlando, FL for legal advice. If your landlord is giving you a hard time and you are unable to make your rent payments, you should consider contacting Legal Counsel P.A. The business lawyers at this firm will help you understand your rights and responsibilities as a tenant and they may even be able to work with your landlord to reach some sort of agreement on the matter.
Before your landlord can legally force you out of your property, there is a very specific process he/she must go through. However, we all know that avoiding the eviction process is the ultimate goal. So, if you would like to consult with an Orlando, FL business law lawyer now to find out what can be done to protect your business, call 407-395-2653.
Legal Counsel P.A. has an office in Orlando which is located at:
189 S. Orange Avenue, Ste. 1800
Orlando, FL 32801
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