Do you lease premises for your business? Many business owners do not realize that when they sell their business and assign their lease, they may remain liable to the landlord for many years after the assignment. If the buyer (the new business owner) can't pay the rent then the landlord may come looking for the previous tenant to cover the loss. Is that you?Many leases actually provide that an assignment of the lease does not release the previous tenant from liability to the landlord. Don't despair! Read to the end of this article where we make reference to some legislation that may assist if you are a retail shop tenant.