commercial leases

Moving from home office to commercial space is a big leap in the life of a small business. The obligations you take on in a commercial lease can become your largest single monthly expense…and your largest single exposure to risk. Patricia found this out the hard way. Her fragrance and cosmetics business was growing. As […]

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You may roll your eyes and picture your grandmother waggling her finger in your face saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, young lady,” but she was right. How simple would it have been to floss regularly, instead of having to go through the time and expense of filling a cavity? My husband […]

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Many entrepreneurs have law questions about commercial leases and office space.  For anyone setting up shop outside their home, office space IS your company’s home, and commercial leases are the contracts that govern how you can use, change, and pay for, the right to sue that “home.”  Eviction always looms as a threat when the […]

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Q.:  I have a commercial lease for office space with a business.  One of the partners failed a criminal background check. If I terminate the commercial lease, but re-sign with the two who did pass, can the excluded partner come after me?   A.:  As a landlord, you have the right to carve out certain […]

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Q.:  I have a commercial lease tenant who is no longer paying.  The agent who manages my property (in Mexicali) does not sound positive about finding a new tenant anytime soon for the office space. I worry that if I evict my tenant, the property will be empty for a long period. Are there any […]

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Q.:  I have a commercial lease and a flood in the building made my office space completely unusable. While I found temporary office space in a physical therapy office, it is less than ideal and not as comfortable for my patients. I also cannot find my own office space to rent month-to-month—most places want me […]

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Q.:  I started an LLC with two partners. After a year in business, I am choosing to take another path. I want to resign from the LLC and am attempting to separate my legal liabilities. We initially signed a three-year commercial lease with personal guaranties and currently have 23 months remaining. Is there a convincing […]

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Q.:  The current economy has sunk my small business. Customers have stopped buying and I can’t make my overhead expenses. Is there a legal way of breaking a commercial lease that has eight months left, given the terrible events happening in this economy?   A.:  You can try speaking to your landlord to see if […]

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Q.:  We want to do open a Sushi bar in a new shopping center. What can we reasonably ask the landlord to do for us before we move in (i.e., gas piping, drain work, ceilings)?  What should we ask for in negotiating a commercial lease? A.:  As my mother always says, “If you don’t ask, […]

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Q.:  We assumed a lease at a shop and, in light of the current economy, our sales have dropped. I am behind on rent and I’m being evicted. The owners are pursuing the balance of the lease term (three years). I tried to settle outside of court but they will not budge. What can I […]

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