Okay......so this is a looooong rant, but I need to vent! Almost a year ago, I rented this big empty warehouse from an artist in a popular part of town. I have a dance company and we needed a place to rehearse and perform. I hit the ground and raised money and invested over $15,000 into building the space out. Before, it was an empty warehouse. Now it's a working theater with a stage, tech booth, hallways, and a separate front room that houses the art gallery. The whole building shares common bathrooms. When I first moved in, I was told that use of the bathrooms for the first year would be free. He was fully aware of our business plan and that we were going to house an art gallery in the front and a theater in the main room. He knew that we were going to rent out the theater to other performing artists and even for parties and weddings. NOW....the past year has been rough. My business partner and "best friend" embezzled $4000. But that's a whole other issue. I'm still trying to recover from that one. My landlord has recently realized how valuable I have made my space and is now telling me that I can't rent out my space because it's legally "subletting" which is in my lease as something I can't do. But for the first 7 months he had no problem with it and we even did collaborating events!! NOW, however, he doesn't like it when I rent my space out for parties, weddings, etc, because it's in competition with his business (an event space in the same building). For a while I let my landlord use my space occasionally for free when he wanted to have huge parties. So we worked out this deal. For every freebie he got, I could have 5 non theater events. Okay, here's where it gets complicated... So then his wife set up a meeting with me saying that I'm not allowed to "sublet" anymore, even though her husband and I had worked it out. She now wants to be in charge of all of our rentals. So now, basically, the new deal is that they will run all the events and bookings, and I get 50% of the cut. BUT, due to all the free rentals I gave them, they will give me 100% of the cut until that 5:1 ratio is fulfilled. I agreed to this because my landlord had taken 6 free rentals and I had had 2 non-theater events. So, that means that I should get 28 non-theater events before this new deal kicked in. That means 100% of the rentals for the next 28 rentals. There is a church that is in there every week, and basically they supplement most of my rent. So they can be in there for 28 more weeks before I loose 50% of that money to my landlord. This worked out perfectly because my lease is up in 2 months. So I'd be set until the end of my lease. Are you confused yet? NOWWWWW it gets interesting. My landlady LIED to me about how much they were paying. She told me they were paying $200 a week, but they are actually paying $250 a week. AND she is not honoring the 28 weeks of me getting the full amount off my rent. So now she wants me to pay my rent IN FULL while she get $250 a week off of the church who is in MY space which I am paying rent for. PLUS they took the art out of the gallery because he wants to put his own artwork up. I am pitching a FIT over that one. Any advice on what I should do? I'm sick of getting taken advantage of!!!! I'm definitely out of there as soon as my lease is up. But it's a shame because I put $15,000 into that space and now we have no place to go.