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Los Angeles Attorneys Resolving Commercial Landlord-Tenant Disputes

Settling conflicts between California property owners and leaseholders

As a business owner, the location of your company is an essential aspect of how it is run. When you rent commercial property, it is not uncommon for a dispute to arise between you and a landlord. These legal conflicts can halt the progress of your company. It is important to have an experienced attorney on your side to fight for your rights. At Lurie & Seltzer, we are dedicated to ensuring that you are not unfairly treated or evicted. We have extensive experience handling issues relating to rental contracts and lease agreements. Our attorneys have the skills necessary to resolve your landlord-tenant disputes.

Important things to remember when signing a commercial lease

Before negotiating or signing a commercial lease, you should be aware of certain important facts:

  • You can include in your lease the method by which you would resolve a potential dispute, whether it is litigation, mediation or arbitration.
  • Unless it is specifically stated in the lease, commercial tenants do not have a right to habitability, meaning the landlord is not responsible for repairs.
  • The tenant is often responsible for the cost of maintaining the property.
  • The landlord may be legally able to take a percentage of the tenant’s business profits.
  • The landlord may be able to move the tenant to another location or terminate the lease.

Commercial leases generally do not provide as many legal protections for business tenants and residential leases do for private residents. This is why it is especially important for business owners to work with an experienced real estate attorney when signing a commercial lease. If a dispute over a lease does arise, we can utilize our extensive experience resolving business disputes to help you.

What is the eviction process for a commercial tenant?

In California, a business tenant is usually evicted for failure to pay rent, but it can also occur if a landlord is unhappy with the way the property is being used. A commercial landlord is only required to give a tenant three days of notice before eviction. During that period, the tenant has an opportunity to remedy the problem. If they fail to do so, the landlord can evict the tenant, giving them five days to vacate. If the tenant does not leave in five days, the landlord can take the issue to court and lock the tenant out. Then, the tenant only has 15 days to collect their possessions. After this period has passed, the landlord assumes that the possessions have been abandoned and can send a “notice of belief of abandonment.” Then the tenant has an additional 18 days to claim their possessions. After this, the landlord may resell or rent out the property to a new tenant.

If you have been sent a notice of eviction, you should get help from our knowledgeable attorneys immediately so we can protect you from the eviction process.

Consult experienced landlord-tenant law attorneys in Los Angeles

When you are facing a legal dispute with a landlord, you need an experienced attorney on your side. At Lurie & Seltzer, we help you resolve conflicts efficiently, so you can focus on your business. Call us today at 424-256-0459 or contact us online to schedule a consultation in our Los Angeles office.