Leasing: Liability or Asset?
Finding the right location can be a huge factor in the success of your small business. Likewise, so can finding the right landlord.
The right space is key to your business’s success
In an ideal world, the landlord-business relationship is always smooth. However we all know this is not how things always go! We get a lot of calls from small businesses having issues with their landlords. On the inverse, we get a lot of calls from landlords having issues with their small business tenants. These situations usually get very complicated and expensive, and in the end no one really wins. A good commercial lease can be an asset to both landlord and tenant alike.
Commercial Lease Red Flags
Fortunately a lot of that heartache and expense can be avoided by looking out for certain warning signs before getting into a lease. The idea behind this article is to share some basic leasing red flags with your small business. With any luck, we can save you some of the heartache we have seen small business’s experience.
- Too Perfect– is your potential landlord a bit too eager? Is the price just too low when compared to the surrounding areas? If a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is.
- The Fix: Remember to do your research. Ask the landlord’s other tenants about their experiences. See if they have any reviews online. Check records to see about any legal trouble or liens.
- The Fix: Get everything in writing!
- The Fix: If you must enter a long term lease, see if you can add in provisions for possible situations and/or a discount in rent.
- The Fix: Make sure every aspect of a lease is spelled out clearly!
Will your new lease be a liability or an asset?
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Finding and negotiating the right space for your business is a stressful process. If you need a lawyer to help you draft, review or negotiate a commercial lease, we are more than happy to help you.
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