Los Angeles Commercial Tenancy Lawyer
Assisting Clients with Commercial Tenancy Matters in Los Angeles
When you require legal assistance with a commercial tenancy matter as a commercial tenant, lessor, owner, or property manager in Los Angeles you should consult a Commercial Tenancy Lawyer. If you don’t know, you need to learn that Commercial Landlord-Tenant Law is very different from its “Residential Cousin” found in more common home and apartment leasing. Many rights taken for granted by residential tenants simple do not exist for a commercial tenant.
Differences Between Commercial and Residential Leases:
- In a commercial lease, there is no implied right of habitability.
- In a commercial lease, there is no statutory right to “repair and deduct” for property defects.
- In a commercial lease, there are no protections foreclosures (i.e. “grace period” to vacate).
- In a commercial lease, the 60 day notice to quit rule after 1-year in a mo-to-mo tenancy does not apply.
- In a commercial lease, there is no limit to the amount of security deposit charged.
- In a commercial lease, there are mo privacy protections on the landlord “not to enter the leased space.”
- In a commercial lease, there are not penalties for turning off utilities or changing locks as in residential.
- In a commercial lease, many common maintenance responsibilities are the Tenant’s responsibility.
- Contrary to general assumption, there is no single “standard” commercial lease.
- Some commercial leases stipulate that you will lose your lease if you sublease to anyone.
There are dozens of difference more! Having a Commercial Tenancy Lawyer draft or review your lease documents is critically important. At the Law Offices of Jeffrey Williams, we can provide competent and experienced legal advice and representation in any matter involving commercial tenancy law. Many differences exist between Commercial and Residential leases which both commercial tenants and commercial landlords should understand.
In Commercial Tenancy Matters – Legal Oversight Matters!
In commercial tenancy matters, in general, the courts will uphold the terms of a commercial lease in any legal proceeding, even in cases where it may appear to be totally unfair to the tenant. The real and implied protections inherent in a residential lease are not available to commercial tenants as commercial tenants are not viewed as “uninformed and vulnerable.” Common sense and the Courts expect that a business person entering into commercial lease agreement should have the experience –or should know better– to consult a legal professional in commercial tenancy matters – and that is why the courts and statutory laws do not exist to the degree as for residential leases. In other words, society and the courts expect you to be a commercial lease expert or that you will ALWAYS have a lawyer review your documents because all businesses are expected to do just that. There is no defense in court of being “ignorant” or “uninformed.”
When your business is going to be legally and contractually bound by a commercial lease, it is vital that you thoroughly understand your rights and obligations in signing and agreeing to that commercial lease. Whether you are a commercial property owner or commercial property tenant, if you have a question or concern if makes sense to make an appointment with an experienced tenancy attorney. Likewise, if you find yourself in a dispute over a commercial lease, you should also make an appointment to get your questions, concerns and legal options fully explained to you by Los Angeles Commercial Tenancy Attorney Jeffrey Williams, Esq. who can assist you and answer all your concerns.