Posting for a friend...
There is a commercial property with a restaurant "we" lease. "We" have a vague 1-page commercial lease (no really!). There is a "no modification to building" clause but the walls need a paint job. We are getting blocked on signage changes (county realm not the landlord), and other expected and necessary maintenance like painting the walls.
The business name changed and we can't change the sign according to the landlord. There are more instances of similar behavior, documented. Rookie stuff, some of it embarrassing.
The current direction is to do as we need as if a normal triple-net lease under the understanding that judges tend to favor the tenant. We are reasonable people dealing with unreasonable situations.
We would prefer to not have confrontation (small town), avoid courts and arbitration, and get back to building the business.
The weak lease, non-standard communication or performance, and growing frustration with execution from the building owner dictate any move will exacerbate "our" problem. Should we get permission? Ask forgiveness? Fight it legally? We don't think there is a person-to-person amicable solution.