Everyone forgets that he put over $100,000.00 in renovations to those two buildings to the benefit of the landlord. A TOTAL revamp of those two buildings. You think his landlord would have worked with him a little.
The renovations the Tenant put in were for the benefit of the Tenant, not the Landlord. The Landlord had no financial interest in the business, and was simply renting space. Space that the Tenant renovated for his own business' benefit. The space had been remodeled to "new" just five years previous, and only had one tenant, a travel agency. The Tenant wanted change, and he made his own changes.
As for working with him a little, I would consider three months free rent while renovations were under way was working with him. I would consider the fact that even when rent started, he was given the option to pay payments of $150.00 per month to make the initial first months payment. I would consider the fact that even though payments may have been late or the rent check was held instead of deposited right away, there was NEVER a late fee charged. Then, rent is not paid for three months and you say I should work with him a little? Are you serious? Why not just open up rent free? Let me provide him a free space for his business. Let me pay for his equipment, electricity, heat, water, and even his food. I may as well cook it for him too. Why not just sit at home and let me bring him money every once in a while. Would that be working with him enough? Bad enough the business was open for the last three months without his paying rent. You still want more?
The plain and simple truth is that you do not pay rent, you get evicted.