Hello I am new to this site I came for advise.
I am a Commercial sub-tenant in CA Here is my current situation. I have been a Sub tenant with a friend sharing a 2200sft commercial building Split down the middle converted into two separate suites. According to the Business Parks Ownership our units are considered ONE SINGLE UNIT because it used to be operated as one business. It has two complete separate Suites fully closed in. But my neighbor took over his brothers Lease contract after his brother left 3 years ago. I have paying all my rent directly to the business park and never to my neighbor our agreement was only verbal and we agreed to pay half of TOTAL Amount of rent due for our two units. We have no rental agreement or signed contract. We have always just paid our rent separately and had no problems. Two years ago The Business Park told me that they were going to raise the rent $25 for the total amount due so I talked with my friend and agreed to pay 50% which was 12.50 more on my part.
OK HERE ID THE CURRENT SITUATION
This past MARCH 2007 My friend also took over two more units in another part of the business park in which the Business Park raised their rent in those new units not part of me or our shared units because they had to make a new lease agreement. The business park handles all billing per unit numbers to keep everything separate. Now my friends wife told me that the business park was going to raise the rent on our front shared units totaling $100 increase. Beginning MAY 1st and since our verbal agreement was to pay 50% of total rent due. I would half to pay an increase of $50 So I took her word for it and paid an extra 50$ for MAY, JUNE, JULY, & AUG now it was confusing because the Business Park Representative was good friends with my friends wife. And when I would go to pay my rent and another rep would be confused with my amount. It turned out that While I was paying an extra $50 for rent my neighbor was paying $50 less and I had the rep print all my receipts showing my payments as well as my neighbors and They told me that That increase was from my neighbor to me and not from them. So on last day or rent due SEP 18 2007 I paid my rent minus $250 I told them that I over paid so that will get me caught up. Now to not get in the middle of my shared units they told me to solve that issue with my neighbor because the lease is in their name.
Today I went to talk with my neighbor and there was a printed notice DATED SEP 18 taped on the inside of my glass window saying to pay or quit. My neighbor changed my locks and went into my unit without my permission She told me I have to wait till Saturday SEP 22 to Get my belongings out of the unit because thatís when my friend would be available. The Business Park took my money order payment for SEP 07 payment minus the $250 over paid fees. But would not five me a receipt. There is much value in my belonging including a classic car. Are they right in doing this and what can I do.