Seriously, if you were in my shoes, what would you do?
I called the shop landlord this morning to see if I could arrange to pick up the keys for the space tomorrow. I have a check all made out to him for my first month's rent and all I need are the keys so I can get in there and start painting/papering/setting up. I was notified this morning that he doesn't know what's going on but the (almost) new landlord completely demolished the space and he has no idea when the work will be done. At this point the space is completely unusable and there's no indication as to when it will be ready. I asked the landlord to call the new guy and find out what the time table is for this whole thing. Keep in mind I was promised three weeks ago that the work would be done by March 1st and I'd have the keys in my hand.
The landlord called the new guy and the new guy told him that his contractor wouldn't put the new floor in unless they ripped up the sub-flooring and so not only is the floor completely ripped out, but his tiles aren't going to be in stock for a while. When I asked how long "a while" is, I couldn't get an answer. I told the landlord I'd be down tomorrow morning to talk to him in person and he was fine with it.
Fast forward to about an hour ago when I came home and had a message from the (almost) new landlord wondering if I'm even interested in doing this anymore. WTF??? This is a totally random call from someone who was told not to speak to me anymore by the current landlord. He mentioned that IF I am interested, they need to know where I want the walls put back up, where the outlets should go, etc. He also mentioned that the tiles are on back order, along with the "historically accurate" lighting fixtures he ordered for the space. According to this message, it will be "several weeks" before the work is done.
Now, three weeks ago when I signed the lease I was told that the work is started and it would be done no later than March 1st. NOW this guy wants to know if I'm even interested in going through with it anymore. Am I the only one who gets the impression that this is happening intentionally to get me to back out? He made it clear from the beginning that it's not worth his while to have me in that space, and I made it clear that I wasn't going to take his shit and eventually decided to stick it out and deal with it. And now this happens. Makes me wonder if he's planning to make my life a living hell if my answer is, in fact, yes, I do want to go through with it.
The current landlord is being played royally. He's really old and wants out of this building and he knows that this new guy will buy him out and keep the place alive. But at what cost? I get the impression that the new guys are telling him what he wants to hear just to keep him calm, but in reality, the story is completely different.
So, if you were me, what would you do? I'm meeting with the current landlord tomorrow to drop off floor plans showing where the walls go and where I need outlets. I have free reign to say/do whatever I want. I'm tired of being dicked around here and at this point I'm ready to throw in the towel. I need advice. Anyone feel like playing doctor this evening?