Hello Experts, I am seeking your opinion or advice to solve the issues with my commercial lease. I try to put it into small bulletin points to explain the scenario, like what is going on. I would like to add that, this is our first business and I was too naive to negotiate the lease myself, and did not get a solicitor's service and took it very lightly, mainly I guess it was because it is small business run by my partner only and thought of hiring a staff once the business grows a bit. I am not sure if this is the right place to get share my experience, and get your opinion but I just want to give it a go I looked for the shop to open up a very small salon for my partner We found one shop and contacted the real estate agents. From our talk over phone we found there are two different leases, one you signed through solicitors and other one is called CTA which can be dealt directly through real estate agent, and its quicker, hassle free and you don't need to worry about registering title with NRW and hiring a solicitor. And here we go, now the roller coaster ride starts. I started doing some research like what standard terms conditions needs to be negotiated, e.g. permitted use, signage locations, lease option for extending lease etc. I realised agent was trying to avoid to talk through email. I thought he wouldn't want to bother to write what we discussed over the phone, and I thought that everything would be there in lease before I sign. In Letter of Offer, Agent added the option to extend lease from 3 ( plus option for 3 years ). And I signed and the security deposit was 6 months, commencement date etc , and I signed and sent it through email, and same terms were there in CTA. I signed and sent it through email to the agent to sign for landlord. When I received CTA, the option for 3 year lease was crossed out on with pen with initials (which the Agent told me option can be Added in CTA, without having a solicitor), security deposit was 6 month but manually changed it to 3 months. I thought it is taking too much time, this whole process too almost took months and I was not sure whether, it is worth giving more time like to go for solicitor and again registration with NRW. We agreed on the commencement date. When we entered the shop which was messy, we thought they would had gotten it cleaned during negotiation period, as we found during negotiation that the shop never had a fire extinguisher installed, which I need to get insurance, but we installed it and on commencement date, we entered in shop, there was no electricity and the electric wire was exposed, which were fixed after three days of commencement date. Our salon is very small, so I thought of setting up an interior ourselves, so we bought furniture like sofas, mirrors, salon chairs. Then we needed to make a small wall (partition for facial room ). We bought portable office partition to line up, to setup a room in a corner, and used curtain for entry. After about three weeks, the agent came with concern that the landlord has asked him to check on us and inspect as somebody told him that we are running a brothel. Ohh Jesus that's just unbelievable. They looked around the shop, checked everything and we had a chat and they said it was all good and left. (Our business cater to ladies services only ) and business run by my partner. After that I sent email to agent asking for permission to install security cameras inside shop and one outside shop facing drive way and our shop entry so I have a recording to prove that this is not brothel and offered him access to our camera monitoring system if he wishes to, and landlord refused to allow us to install a security camera for drive way. But that is ok at least we were given permission to install camera inside our shop. Then he was using unprofessional words like remove your business signage like this is mediocre and unauthorised. I said this sign is not too bad and these things like, signage size, color, text were never subject to approval nor we were told at any occasion. And yes we were aware of the signage location which was already negotiated and we put up our signage accordingly, and we thought of changing signage later as we waiting for the website, Facebook, etc., which has to go there on our new signage. ( Our shop is all the way at the end of block, unlike a garage in residential units, and shop has no front exposure only signage can be installed/be visible at main entry to building side ways on small fence. Landlord said that he has approved signage for other two shops in block and now ..for new signage which include size, Color , Text , Material etc has to be approved from him. I checked other two signages which has different material,text,color,size too. doesn't look professional at all. I never knew this signage thing is a big deal, I kept asking him to give me for new measurement that would likely to be approved by him before I remove it and I call signage professional to measure, prepare and install it. But he did not give me any measurements and only asked me to remove unauthorized signage immediately, and I got a little nervous and was feeling bit harassed, first by the brothel issue and now with the signage issue. (third other real estate shops/people around us watch us like we are aliens landed here to run a salon ..funny ) anyways after discussing with agent he said he would bring up issue with landlord, and nothing happened, no response no result and he has stopped answering my phone or email. but I removed the signage, and as this is a very small business for my partner. I did not want any problems and issues . I removed the signage and sent email to agent and landlord to give me new signage details which can be ordered according to his measurement , color, text , material etc. but he did not reply for a week then I send him another email, now it has been two weeks and no reply yet. as our business has no front exposure , we are not getting any walk-in customers at all.. now it is like a dead business unless we have any appointments. I wrote to Landlord if we are missing anything or he has any issues then I can fix it. this is not a big business but still we don't want any dramas. Now my questions are: what should I do, it has been only two months since we signed up lease but we are facing these issues. I am trying to avoid any legal complications and I am more than happy to go back, start from scratch to fix anything we have missed, like , getting solicitor, getting proper lease with 3 years option, council permission if required. etc, and how do I deal with this landlord currently and I don't know what is cooking there. Only thing I know is our business is dead, our rent is due next week. Agent has stopped responding, Landlord is overseas since I started with offer of letter and till date, secretary(who handed us keys) has been told by landlord not to look after this shop anymore. And landlord is not replying us at all. When agent came to inspect during brothel issue he told us that landlord is influential person,he knows every one in the area etc, been in real estate industry in 30 years. But I was wondering why they were telling us all this I don't know. What I am going to do with landlord influence bla bla . something is going on ...which I cant figure out .. I am thinking of closing down business but it is waste of time, money and a loss at this stage.again how do i go about breaking lease, and work on this two months rent free periods, remove and reinstate shop etc. I know my friends advised me to get a lawyer but I dont want to .. dont know if it worths wasting more time and money on legal issues. as this business is a small business and very new which requires time to set up things... and landlord aware of all this. I am so confused what to do ? Should I go to court, Qcat, Legal Aid, Centrelink etc. ..just lost now.