Watch out for common issues leading to commercial lease litigation

| Jun 11, 2021 | Commercial Real Estate

As a business owner, there may be a time when you need representation over a real estate issue. For example, you may be struggling with boundary disputes or trouble with a lease that you have with a landlord or tenant. It is important that you have the right support and legal knowledge in these cases, so that you can protect your best interests.

One of the most common issues business owners face is trouble with a commercial lease. You may believe that your landlord has violated your leasing agreement or want to fight allegations that you haven’t paid your rent. Whatever the dispute is, it’s important that you do have the right knowledge to back up any counterclaims or claims you make.

What are some common commercial lease issues?

One of the main problems people deal with is a contact that isn’t adhered to. For example, if you have a leasing agreement that states that the premises will be kept in compliance with local laws and regulations but your landlord won’t make repairs, then this could potentially lead to litigation. There may be questions about who is responsible for repairs or if previous repairs were adequate, both of which may end up in court if an agreement cannot be made.

Another possible issue with a commercial lease is finding out that a space is not zoned for the use that the tenant wanted it for. Tenants who find out that the landlord leased them a building knowing that it was not zoned for industrial, retail or other reasons could argue against paying rent and end up involved in litigation.

What should you do if you are sued or want to sue your landlord?

Whether you are sued or want to sue a landlord, it’s necessary to know the laws that apply to your case. Commercial litigation can be expensive and time consuming, so if you can settle issues outside court, then that may be better for every party involved. If you do need to go to trial, you will want to build a strong case to present to the court.