Hi everyone. Brand new here!
I have a frustrating problem. I started a business last October. I had some extra room adjacent to my other business that was not being used for anything. We did some renovations (with the landlords permission) and created a fitness/dance studio. We planned on taking advantage of a new craze called Zumba. Everything was running smoothly except that we were recieving complaints from a downstairs neighbor (this was just before and during the renovations) about our 6pm classes. She was complaining that it was too loud. We had never anticipated this problem as the offices close downstairs at 5:00.
We went downstairs to see how bad it was and could barely hear anything but a muffled beat. I'll shorten it up here. Her boss (big Company) threatened to sue our landlord, landlord begged us (got on his knees!!) to stop 6pm classes. we said no he begged some more and then offered to reduce our rent. Against my wishes my two other partners promised him (in writing) not to have classes before 7:30pm.
Flash forward; We are now at complete capacity in our classes ,have long waiting lists and I can't even promote my business because I can't add more classes. I wrote the Landlord that this was the case and that we could not anticipate what would happen and that the agreement was signed under duress. His lawyer wrote back basically saying too bad.
This is what kills me. I have ONE woman downstairs who CHOOSES to work when the office is closed that is preventing me from expanding and profitting from my business. Our first business is a women's fitness facility that plays music. That is what is stated in our lease and our lease covers both areas. Our lease states that we have evening hours.
So any advice out there? I don't want to move we have parking and are close to the "T"
Thanks for any help!