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6 Commercial Lease Clauses to Avoid

Posted by Don Catalano on Apr 10, 2019


When you enter into a commercial lease negotiation, you do so in good faith and want to believe that the landlord is presenting you with a fair agreement. Unfortunately, there is always a chance that the landlord has included clauses that weigh heavily in their favor and could cause you trouble down the line. Here are six clauses to look out for and have removed before you sign:

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Topics: Lease Clauses

The Importance of Subletting and Subleasing Clauses

Posted by Don Catalano on Nov 26, 2018


When negotiating a commercial lease, many tenants don’t perceive the subletting and subleasing clauses to be of primary importance. This is because they do not foresee any financial difficulties that could call for subleasing or assignment situations. However, the unexpected sometimes happens, necessitating the tenant to reduce rented space or vacate the premises altogether. When that happens, it’s good to have subleasing and assignment clauses with terms that are favorable to all parties involved.

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Topics: Lease Clauses

Top 5 Commercial Lease Clauses You Should Know

Posted by Don Catalano on Aug 06, 2018


Commercial leases are lengthy documents and can be overwhelming to peruse; however, it's important that you carefully read over every section to ensure that you understand the agreement. Particularly, pay attention to these key clauses:

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Understanding Basic Commercial Real Estate Lease Clauses

Posted by Don Catalano on Oct 14, 2014

Commercial real estate leases are complicated legal agreements that have their own specialized language. While it's always a good idea to have a tenant representative to help you out, you can also help yourself a great deal by understanding a few basic lease clauses.

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Topics: Lease Clauses, corporate real estate, commercial real estate, tenant tips, CRE, Commercial Lease Clauses, Commercial Real Estate Lease Clauses, Renewal Clauses

Advantages & Disadvantages of Renewing Your Lease

Posted by Don Catalano on Feb 20, 2013

If the lease on one or more of your locations is coming up for renewal soon and you want to retain the location, you'll have to decide whether you want to stay or go. Staying in your current location can be affordable and convenient, but staying in the same place has some meaningful drawbacks as well. However, if you want to stay, there are ways to minimize those drawbacks.

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Topics: Lease Clauses

The Tenant's Guide to Critical Lease Clauses, Part 4 - Tenant Improvement Allowance

Posted by Jordan Slater on Aug 20, 2012

Today we will be discussing the Tenant Improvement Allowance, often seen in leases as "Improvement and Alterations."  If you've missed any of our first three, you can read them here:  Subordination and Attornment, Non-Disturbance, and Rent Escalation.

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Topics: Lease Clauses, tenant improvement allowance

The Tenant's Guide to Critical Lease Clauses, Part 3

Posted by Jordan Slater on Aug 13, 2012

Check out Part 1 & Part 2 in case you missed them.

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Topics: Occupancy Cost, Lease Clauses, Rent Escalation