Originally Posted by spirit4711
That also depends on the type of lease contract. In my country one usually rents for a term of 5 years. If you stop after say 2 years, you still have to pay for the remaining 3 years...
Hardball may be an option though. Another one: discuss lowering the rent and paying him a percentage of turnover.
The solution to this, at least under US law, is to threaten bankruptcy of the entity that signed the lease. Say "I have this 5 year lease. I cannot pay the last three, and I have here bankruptcy forms all filled out that I'm prepared to file after this meeting if we don't reach an agreement. I know if I vacate you won't be able to fill the space, because the guy down the street has two vacancies. Care to change my rent so I can pay it?" Of course you need to know what number you need your rent to be.
I imagine this same strategy works under European law too.
I hate it from an ethical standpoint when people freeroll on bankruptcy law like that, but it is a VERY effective strategy for restructuring leases and contracts.