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Tips to protect yourself when signing a commercial lease

On Behalf of | Apr 18, 2022 | Property Law

Signing a commercial lease may seem like a simple, straightforward process. However, if you aren’t careful, you may lock yourself into terms that don’t work well for you or your business. 

The best way to avoid this situation is to know what to do to protect yourself and your interests when signing a commercial lease. Keep reading for some tips that can help you make a better deal: 

Read the lease carefully

A commercial lease is usually full of all types of complex legal terms and jargon making it a boring read. However, there is also important information you need to know and understand before signing. Don’t ever sign a lease without reading it carefully and understanding all its terms. 

Know your rights

Did you know you don’t have to take a commercial lease at face value? If something in the terms or agreement doesn’t work for you, you can negotiate with the owner. While not all landlords are willing to negotiate, it may just be a sign you should look elsewhere for a place to rent. 

Potential liability

When signing a commercial lease, your portion of liability will be outlined. Some landlords try to shift liability to tenants, and you need to look for this to protect yourself. Even if they don’t know this, knowing what you can and can’t be held liable for is important to protect yourself. 

Protecting yourself when signing a commercial lease

Signing a commercial lease and moving into a new location for your business is an exciting process. It means you are starting or expanding your business. However, don’t let this excitement take over and cause you to move too fast and not carefully review the information in the lease. The best way to protect yourself and your business is to get some experienced legal guidance.