The landlord wanted to increase the rent due to improvements we made to the property

The owner of the warehouse was not a very nice person but the rent and location were right. Six months after we moved in, we asked about the repairs he was supposed to carry out according to the lease. He told us he wasn’t going to make the repairs. He said we’d have to pay for any improvements we wanted. I didn’t understand how he could do this when these were included in the lease and there was certain work he had agreed to do before we moved in and these were yet to be done.

When I took this to our lawyer, he said it could take up to a year and would cost more to take legal action than to fix things. Even then the outcome wasn’t certain.

We had to make some repairs in order to use the loading bay. We got the doors and broken windows fixed. At the end of the year, the landlord came and said he wanted to raise the rent next year even though no rent increase was due until the following year. He cited all the repairs and improvements as one of the reasons for the increase.

The sponsor had outrageous conditions

We needed someone to sponsor our first conference for customers and suppliers. We talked with a number of people with no luck. Finally, our largest supplier agreed to sponsor us. At the follow up meeting they laid out their conditions. They didn’t want any of our other suppliers to provide sponsorship and a guarantee that they would be our sole supplier for the next 24 months. They also wanted their CEO to be the keynote speaker and the right to vet other speakers. All of this for $10K!