Reviewing a Lease

You've signed or you've received an offer to lease. If you are a tenant, you will be presented with a lease by the landlord to review.

When we review a lease, we note it up from beginning to end and highlight portions for your attention that may cause you to incur additional liabilities. We note up both the Offer to Lease and the Lease to highlight any differences for your attention and provide you with a chart showing the differences. We provide you with an overview of the law concerning commercial leases and we provide you with a list of recommendations including possible draft clauses to be inserted in writing. We conduct searches to make sure there are no rules preventing you from operating your business. We report to you in writing. If you require, we will negotiate on your behalf. Reviewing a lease properly takes time.

Hire a lawyer and make sure the job's done right and you get value for your money. Do not settle for just a translation.

Drafting a Lease

If you are a landlord, finding a good tenant isn't easy. Make sure you know the law and make sure that you do not inadvertently allow the tenant to back out of the Offer to Lease.

When we draft your form of lease, we review the Offer to Lease to make sure your lease is consistent. We insert as many protections as we can for your benefit. We make sure that all items are clearly defined to avoid future problems. We make sure that the lease for your new tenant does not violate conditions of your other leases.

As with all of our files, we provide you with a summary of our work and advice in writing. See some of our old newsletters on commercial leasing.

Negotiating and Amending a Lease

Whether you are a landlord or a tenant, once a draft lease has been delivered or if your lease is up for renewal, you will likely be in negotiations with the other party. We can help you with your negotiations.

Our services range from advising you on requested amendments from the other party to sitting with you at the negotiating table.

Other Commercial Leasing Services

Our other commercial leasing services are related to our business law practice.

We frequently review leases as part of our client’s acquisition or sale of their business. Some issues that may arise include: landlord’s refusal to grant consent to a sale, continued liability of the seller, remaining term and renewal of the lease, and tenant estoppel certificates.