YogaSoul Center says Eagan building owners used dirty trick to force them out

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YogaSoul Center has been open for more than five years in the Eagan Professional Building. But the business owners are unexpectedly being forced to pack up and move at the end of April, and they aren't at all happy with how it went down.

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Owners Tarisa Parrish and Susan Kulbitski say they signed a nine-month lease in December. The idea was to stay where they were at through the summer while looking for a bigger space to move into in the fall. But late last month, out of nowhere, they were approached by the building owners about signing a new, higher-rent, seven-year lease.

At first, Parrish and Kulbitski were bewildered.

"I thought, 'Do you mean a seven-year lease after this one is through?'" Parrish told us. "But they told us, 'We're not going to honor the one you signed.'"

Turns out the owners of the building -- dentist Paul Becker and Greg Preusse, president of Wenzel Heating & Air Conditioning -- hadn't actually signed the lease emailed to them by Parrish and Kulbitski. So when the YogaSoul owners balked at the new demands, they were told they'd have to pack up and leave by the end of April, as a new tenant had already agreed to move into their space in May.

Messages left with Becker and Preusse asking them to share their side of the story weren't returned.

Parrish and Kulbitski still hope to find a bigger space for YogaSoul, but the new timeframe they're confronted with is obviously a huge complication.

"To do a move and build-out first you have to find a space, then you have to get a contractor, draw up plans, get permits approved -- that itself takes at least two weeks -- before you can start construction," Parrish said. "To do that in 60 days is unreasonable."

As a result, if Becker and Preusse expect Parrish and Kulbitski to leave the Eagan Professional Building quietly, it sounds like they have another thing coming.

"Quite honestly, I am not planning on closing my doors at the end of April," Parrish said. "I think they are out of integrity and don't have a legal leg to stand on and if I have to stay an extra two weeks, try to evict me."

"I signed a lease, I pay rent every month, and I've never done anything wrong ever in over five years of running my business," Parrish continued. "To be suddenly put in a position that requires a great deal of capital is not part of our usual day-to-day operational plans. Service-based companies like ours do not have access to that kind of capital."

Parrish added that not everyone has been empathetic about YogaSoul's plight.

"Our community of students have been rallying to help support our move, [but] we are also getting emails from people who are super critical of us and our situation, saying business is business [and] shame on us if we can't handle it," she said. "That's hurtful, but I understand everyone has their own opinion which is usually limited by their own frame of reference and lack of knowledge of the facts."

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22 comments
Michele Struss
Michele Struss

Playing devils advocate here but why would a tenant/business owner ever move into a space without a fully executed lease in their hands to ensure they had the legal documentation needed for just this situation.

caitlin2475
caitlin2475

That's such a stupid trick it's absurd that this is news.  I want to know who the lawyer is (assuming they have one) that advised them that this might... just... work.  hahaha.


-An attorney. 

DavidFoureyes
DavidFoureyes topcommenter

"stay where they were at"


Were at? Come on guys...English deserves a defender.

TweetsAreYours
TweetsAreYours

They may have a legal leg to stand on, but karma will bite them in the ass.

Tarisa Angad Kaur Parrish
Tarisa Angad Kaur Parrish

Eagan Professional Building - 1121 Town Centre Dr, St Paul, MN 55123 Help spread the story as much as you can.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

people are desperate for cash, apparently even dentists and HVAC guys.


doesnt hurt trying to lock in your tenants for 7 yrs


im quite certain this space will be empty for eternity as are most suburban office parks


AMERICA people WTF

Robin Oxborough
Robin Oxborough

Where bouts in eagan is this?? That's disgusting, I would reach out to any local paper ie; this week and tell your story, this is not going to fair well to them the more people know. If they can be that distrusting to not hold up their end of a contract I certainly wouldn't want to do business with them.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

Sounds like typical Republican business philosophy. I hope the YogaSoul's owners take the bastards to court and win big.

Alli Sullivan
Alli Sullivan

Shady stuff! What terrible business practices.

tl_parrish
tl_parrish

Yup.... we sure did make sure.  Did everything by the book.  Legal has confirmed this.

TweetsAreYours
TweetsAreYours

Ooops, somebody didn't read the article. Shame on you Michele.

tl_parrish
tl_parrish

@TweetsAreYours  pretty sure the legal ground is shaky for the building owners... and ya know what they say about karma... it's a b%$*/!.  Karma train on it's way!

tl_parrish
tl_parrish

Eagan Professional Building - 1121 Town Centre Dr, St Paul, MN 55123  Help spread the story as much as you can.

tl_parrish
tl_parrish

@MNjoe  We are looking for an attorney who can be just as nasty as the owners... know one?

TweetsAreYours
TweetsAreYours

@tl_parrish not being Ron Rosenbaum, I won't say they do or don't have a legal leg to stand on. since they seemed to be accepting rent checks under the terms of the 9-month extension without seemingly any issue, i wouldn't be surprised to learn that the terms of the nine-month lease apply, despite the fact they claim they didn't sign it. 

tl_parrish
tl_parrish

@TweetsAreYours @tl_parrish  I believe the 9 month lease IS sound... I have email documentation of the owners agreement to terms and they supplied us with the lease amendment which we signed at their request. We are talking to Attorney Paul Dworak tomorrow.

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