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Entering into commercial leases can have long-term consequences for your business — and the best time to protect your rights is before the contract is even signed. Regardless of how skillfully a lease might be negotiated and drafted, it is not uncommon for disputes to arise at some point between commercial landlords and tenants. In such cases, it is paramount to take the necessary measures to protect your business and bottom line.
California law treats commercial leases very differently from residential leases. It is best to have experienced commercial lease attorneys on your side who can help you navigate the intricacies of these transactions. From negotiating commercial leases to mediating disagreements and litigating in the courtroom, White and Bright, LLP is dedicated to providing dependable counsel to ensure your legal rights are safeguarded.
A well-drafted lease is the foundation of every good business relationship between a commercial landlord and tenant. However, there are numerous issues that must first be considered to ensure your business goals and objectives are met. Whether you are entering into a transaction involving industrial property, an office complex, a retail space, a restaurant, or a mixed-use building, a commercial lease is a complicated document that can significantly impact your business.
At White and Bright, we offer the full scope of legal services for commercial landlords and tenants. Our attorneys regularly handle a wide variety of matters pertaining to commercial leases, including:
The terms included in a commercial lease are crucial to the success of a business. These contracts must be strategically negotiated, diligently drafted, and carefully reviewed. Implementing a thorough and pragmatic approach in every matter, our attorneys understand the various nuances and regulations associated with the leasing laws in California. We take proactive measures to help deter conflict before it occurs by drafting meticulously detailed lease agreements that clarify each party’s expectations and go well beyond the basic lease provisions.
Every business relationship is unique, and no two commercial leases should be exactly alike — a boilerplate document rarely meets the comprehensive needs of the parties in a transaction. With a focus on finding creative solutions that maximize profit and minimize risk, the commercial lease attorneys at White and Bright are committed to securing high-quality results for every client.
A commercial lease creates a binding legal obligation between the parties who have entered into the contract. Although the basis of a commercial lease is generally straightforward — using commercial space in exchange for paying rent — disputes can still arise. Critically, no matter how clear and concise the terms might be, a party may sometimes fail to adhere to their responsibilities under the lease.
Commercial lease disputes can happen for any number of reasons, such as unauthorized alterations, nonpayment of rent, unlawful detainers, breach of an exclusive use provision, and constructive eviction. A commercial landlord and tenant may also disagree over who is liable for maintenance and repair costs or issues concerning permitted property usage. Importantly, there are several ways commercial leasing disputes can be resolved: through negotiation, mediation, arbitration, or litigation. In fact, some commercial leases even dictate the method of resolving any potential issues.
At White and Bright, we strive to resolve conflicts in the most efficient manner possible to help reduce costs and avoid disruption to your business. Before resorting to litigation, our attorneys strategically consider every feasible option to settle the dispute. We are adept at utilizing alternative dispute resolution methods to achieve viable outcomes that address our clients' needs and can help preserve the business relationship of the parties.
Most disputes can be effectively resolved outside of court. However, in some cases, there may be no other avenue to pursue than litigation. If litigation is unavoidable, our attorneys act swiftly and decisively to identify risk, mitigate damages, and reach a resolution that is in your best financial, legal, and business interests.
Investing the time to negotiate and draft a solid commercial lease is paramount to your business operations. Whether you're the lessor or lessee, a good commercial lease can protect your business and be instrumental in helping it grow. From the initial negotiation to resolving disputes in litigation, White and Bright, LLP provides reliable representation to entrepreneurs, developers, property owners, management companies, business owners, and other commercial landlords and tenants. We welcome you to contact us today to learn more about our legal services.
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