Many commercial leases tend to be flexible due to the shifting nature of business operations. Other lease agreements can be more permanent, especially for businesses that are well-established in their field of operation.
A commercial lease agreement will typically cover important issues such as:
- Identification of the commercial property to be used (exact descriptions)
- Rental terms (i.e., prices, duration, late fees, etc.)
- Usage of the property, including installations and trade fixtures
- Duty to repair the premises
- Whether the lease can be transferred or sub-leased to another commercial tenant
- Early termination procedures
Compared to other types of property, such as residential property, the issue of property use is much more central. This is because business zoning laws often define very strictly where "business activity" can and cannot be conducted. For this reason, the commercial lease agreement also needs to be very clear as to what types of activity can take place on the premises during the lease term.
Commercial lease agreements become necessary any time there is a formal, legal agreement regarding the renting of property for business purposes. The agreement should always be in writing and signed by all parties involved. That way, if a dispute arises, there is a written account of the original agreement between the parties.
A breach of commercial lease agreement can create some unexpected hassles for all parties involved. Legal remedies may result for a breach of contract, including a damages award for losses (for instance, to make up for missing monthly payments or other damages).
In other types of breaches, violations of commercial lease agreements can result in other legal actions, such as an eviction of the commercial tenant. This can happen for instance if the property is being used in a way that violates business laws.
A commercial lease agreement is often viewed as an essential aspect of running a business. It’s in your best interests to hire a qualified real estate attorney if you need assistance with a commercial lease agreement. Your attorney can provide you with the legal advice and guidance that is needed when negotiating a lease agreement. Also, your attorney can represent you in court if you need to have an agreement reviewed or if you have a legal dispute.