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Assisting Business Owners in Houston with Commercial Leases

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If you run a business in a commercial space, you likely understand how important the right property is for the success of your company. If you have a store, it must be in the right location to attract passersby and walk-ins. If you own a restaurant, the space must be set up in an inviting way for diners while accommodating the practical needs of a kitchen. If you simply run operations out of an office space, you want to make sure it one that makes your employees feel at home and increases productivity. Many business owners do not have the desire or resources to purchase a commercial space, so they search for property to lease.

At any given time, there are thousands of commercial properties for lease in the Houston area. However, even if you find the perfect space for your business, there is still another highly important factor to consider, the commercial lease. Whenever you are leasing space or equipment from another individual or business, you should sign a lease agreement that sets out the specific terms of the lease in writing. While a main purpose of a lease is to give the property owner certain rights and protections, the terms of the lease are also very important for your business. An unfair or incomplete lease can leave your business vulnerable and affect your overall success. For this reason, you should protect your company by having a skilled business lawyer review a lease before you sign.

Houston commercial real eastate attorney Andrew Weisblatt regularly reviews and negotiates commercial lease agreements in order to make sure your best interests are protected. The Weisblatt Law Firm works with all types of business clients trying to lease all types of properties, so please do not hesitate to contact our Houston office to discuss your specific situation.

Commercial Lease Review

Most landlords draft their own commercial leases and, therefore, the leases tend to heavily favor the landlord’s interests in many cases. This means that some provisions may not be favorable to you—the tenant—and some may actually be unfair or unlawful. Commercial lease agreements are often voluminous with many provisions written in technical legal language. This makes it difficult for a business owner who is not familiar with commercial real estate law to completely understand all of the relevant provisions and identify any potentially unfair terms. Too many business owners sign commercial leases without realizing the adverse effects the lease terms may have down the road.

There are many provisions in a commercial lease that may be harmful to a business tenant, including the following:

In addition to making sure a lease includes no unfair terms, businesses also want to ensure that certain provisions exist that protect their rights in the landlord-tenant. Such terms may include limiting how the landlord can rent nearby spaces, which is an exclusive use clause in a tenant’s favor. For example, if you run a hair salon, you do not want your landlord renting to another hair salon two doors down that will compete with you and potentially limit your customers. It is just as important to protect the rights of the tenant in a commercial lease though some landlords will not voluntarily include these provisions.

Negotiating on Your Behalf

When our business attorney reviews a commercial lease and finds potentially unfavorable terms, it does not necessarily mean that leasing that particular space is out of the question. Instead, The Weisblatt Law Firm regularly engages in negotiations with commercial landlords to try to amend or update certain terms to better protect your rights and interests.

Often, a commercial property owner may be using a standard boilerplate lease, and they may not even realize that some of the terms may be unattractive to tenants. Additionally, property owners may be highly motivated to lease a space as quickly as possible, so they may be more than willing to adjust lease terms to better suit the tenant. Often, having the right attorney sit down at the negotiating table can make all the difference in getting the lease terms you need.

Should a dispute arise regarding your existing lease, our law firm can represent you in resolving the conflict. A dispute does not have to result in eviction, financial losses, or unnecessary liability. Our firm will work to protect the rights of you and your business.

Contact an Experienced Houston Business Lawyer for Help Today

If you need to sign a commercial lease, you should always first contact The Weisblatt Law Firm, PLLC, in Houston for commercial lease review or commercial lease drafting. Seeking the assistance and counsel of a business attorney can help protect your business, as well as resolve disputes should they arise regarding your commercial lease. Do not hesitate to call today at (713) 352-0847 or email us for more information about our business law services.

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