LANDLORD/TENANT LEASING (COMMERCIAL)
At Jimerson Birr, our experienced real estate attorneys have represented clients in many thriving real estate markets. We have worked with developers, owners, property managers, tenants, financial institutions, and investors in the negotiation, drafting, execution, and enforcement of leases and other agreements, contracts, settlements, and disputes. A commercial lease can be rugged terrain. Landlords and tenants alike are well advised not to traverse such terrain without the advice of legal counsel. Experienced counsel can help smooth the journey.
In representing landlords, we know that a well-written commercial lease needs to include far more than accurate names and addresses, starting and ending dates, and rent amounts. Our landlord attorneys draft and finalize leases with the goal of identifying and addressing potential snags and hitches, ensuring that our clients will enjoy the benefit of their bargain without compromising their best interests. When our team reviews commercial leases, we use that time as an opportunity to collaborate with and educate our clients about the terms of the lease so they understand the terms completely before signing up a tenant.
Though evicting a commercial tenant is never preferred, when a lease is in default, it is crucial for the landlord tо uphold thе ѕtаndаrdѕ of thе соmmеrсiаl building in order tо continue tо attract qualified and profitable tеnаntѕ. Bесаuѕе eviction can bе a difficult process with many statutes and rules that landlords are expected tо follow, our team of lawyers are able to provide aggressive counsel geared toward protecting the properties and investments of landlords. No commercial landlord wants to be weighed down by a dispute over a lease, access to the commercial asset, or other tenant hassles that affect operations and profitability. When issues like these arise, it’s critical to handle them quickly and effectively to eliminate any undue landlord hardship. Jimerson Birr’s experienced commercial landlord-tenant lawyers can help landlords to obtain the best resolution possible in the most efficient time frame we can. We focus on achieving solutions that are preferred, while protecting our clients’ rights at all times.
For tenants, Jimerson Birr’s real estate attorneys can provide a commercial lease review on behalf of a tenant that will balance rights and obligations in a lease more evenly between a landlord and tenant. The agreement you reach with your commercial landlord today may be condemned by a new landlord tomorrow if the property is sold. If a lease, or particular aspects of your lease, are ill-defined or unenforceable and a new landlord takes over your office building, he or she may use this fact to advance attempts to take away your tenancy. The outcome of a lease review and negotiation on the front end may determine whether or not you have an office space to work in on the back end. These reviews can often be done at an affordable flat rate.
We provide a complete range of landlord/tenant leasing services, regularly offering counsel in areas such as:
- Drafting, review, and negotiation of commercial leases
- Tenant build-out contracting and project management
- Commercial evictions
- Collection of past-due rent
- Non-monetary and monetary lease defaults
- Holdover tenants
- Lease assignment and subleasing
- Commercial landlord-tenant disputes involving leases, common area maintenance (CAM) charges, alterations, and other disputes
- Disputes involving easements, facility usage, signage, and security matters
- Exclusive use and other leasing restrictive covenants
- Constructive evictions
- Landlord failure to make repairs
- Wrongful eviction or unlawful entry and detainer
- Eminent domain
- Land use and zoning
- Premises liability
- Property tax disputes
- Property insurance claims
The professionals at Jimerson Birr have extensive experience helping landlords and tenants write leases that avoid conflict and comply with state and federal law. We will help landlords and tenants navigate the complexities of the fluid real estate markets and make smart decisions when leasing commercial property. Should you find your company involved in a lease dispute lawsuit, we will advocate aggressively on your behalf while making sure results are obtained in a cost-effective manner. After the fact, we will help you identify and address the issues that led to the lawsuit in order to help you save money and needless stress going forward.