The leases for California commercial properties in California are often several pages long and generally contain dozens of clauses. The signing of a commercial lease agreement often marks the beginning of a long and fruitful business relationship, but failing to read or understand certain key provisions of these legal documents can lead to protracted and costly landlord-tenant disputes.
Those who wish to rent property in California have many rights. For instance, a landlord cannot reject an application for an apartment because of a person's race, gender or religion. Landlords also cannot reject applications from people based on their national origin, because they have children or because of a physical or mental disability. On a state or local level, there may be laws against discrimination based on sexual orientation or marital status.
Commercial landlord-tenant relationships can have their tense moments. Also, all kinds of impactful legal issues can end up arising in connection to such relationships.
Signing a lease on a commercial property for your business is very different from signing a lease on a residential rental property. Sure, you're agreeing to pay a certain amount of money each month or designated period, and the landlord is agreeing to let you occupy the space. But the services you might request of a commercial landlord -- and the requirements they might have of you in return -- are different.