My question involves landlord-tenant law in the State of: CA
4 years ago, we sole a beauty salon and subleased to buyer A until Sep 2010Buyer A later subleased to B without noticing me. The landlord was aware of this transfer as well. In 2008, B failed to pay the rent and the landlord served me & buyer with a notice to pay rent or quit. At that time, the outstanding balance was $10K. Buyer A verbally agreed to pay rent but didn't pay after all even though A was still doing business on the property we subleased. The outstanding balance now increased to $20K. The landlord will proceed the lawsuit against me & buyer A if we don't settle by 8/31/09. My questions are
1/Am I or is A responsible for the liability?
2/The landlord failed to inform me the lease transfer between A to B, can we use this as excuse not to pay?
3/Am I responsible for the time that A has been doing business & made profit but failed to pay the rent?
4/What should we do in this case? Negotiate with A to pay partial or go to court.