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Commercial Landlord: Top 10 Tips to Avoid Lawsuits

Posted in Commercial, Litigation

No landlord wants to be sued. That said, lawsuits happen. Having acted for both commercial landlords and tenants, I have observed that several themes prevail when relationships go sour. The areas of disagreement can arise at the outset (e.g., how can you screen prospective tenants) and continue to the end of the relationship (e.g., what can you really do with the security deposit).

A general guideline for landlords as is follows: Just because the lease is not titled a “contract”, it is one. The lease is the document that governs the relationship between the parties, providing significant economic value to … Continue Reading