It's no secret to business owners that there are great deals to be had in this tenant-friendly economic climate. However, if you combine inexperience, emotion, and an inflexible landlord, you have a recipe for some disastrous decisions.
Maybe the landlord will agree to take some or all your space back. Maybe the Mayans are right and the world will end on December 21, 2012 this year, so why worry about your lease?
That your business is suffering, or rent is lower across the street, is generally of no concern to your landlord. If your business is viable, any change in your lease has to present some upside to both landlord and lender.