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Considering a Commercial Lease?

A commercial lease is a legal agreement between a landlord and a tenant for a commercial building or property. Entering into a commercial lease can be a daunting process as lease documents can be complex and will often be in force for several years. It is important that you are aware of your obligations and the lease terms and conditions before entering into the agreement, as these are legally binding contracts.

The small print in commercial lease agreements can determine what alterations you may make to a property, what you are required to do to the property at the end of the lease term and if either party is able to terminate the lease before the agreed date. While you may have some of the big picture issues taken care of in a letter of offer, the small print is where a commercial tenant or landlord may get caught out in what they are required or unable to do.

IS THERE A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN COMMERCIAL AND RETAIL LEASES?

Commercial leases are different to retail leases, primarily in their legal framework, regulatory requirements and types of properties covered. A retail shop lease is governed by the Retail Shop Leases Act (RSLA), offering specific protections and obligations for retail tenants, including mandatory disclosures, dispute resolution mechanisms, and tenant safeguards. Commercial leases, falling under general property law, cover a broader range of property types and provide more flexibility in lease negotiations, with fewer statutory regulations and protections.

Property types that fall under commercial leasing includes:

  • Office spaces
  • Industrial properties (such as warehouses and factories)
  • Medical practices
  • Storage facilities
  • Professional services (such as legal or accounting firms)

Retail leases, on the other hand, apply to:

  • Retail businesses (including clothing boutiques and grocery stores)
  • Cafes and restaurants
  • Service providers (such as hair salons and fitness centres)
  • Speciality retail
  • Retail office spaces (such as travel agencies and real estate agencies)

Understanding the distinctions between commercial and retail leases is crucial for landlords and tenants to ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations when entering into a proposed lease agreement for commercial business premises or retail shops. At GLG Legal, our commercial lease solicitors assist landlords and tenants in navigating these differences to ensure compliance, as well as making sure you are entering the correct lease type.

 

Summary

A GLG Legal commercial lease solicitor can negotiate on your behalf to make sure that you receive the most favourable terms and the best possible rates for your commercial lease agreement. We are also here to help with licence agreements, assigning leases or resolving any commercial disputes which may arise once your lease documents have been signed.

To ensure that you are protected in retail and commercial leases, contact our commercial lease lawyers in Brisbane for quality leasing advice.

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WHY CHOOSE GLG LEGAL? 

At GLG Legal, we are seasoned experts in commercial and property law. Our commercial leasing lawyers have a comprehensive understanding of the local leasing landscape, ensuring that your commercial property lease not only complies with regional regulations but also reflects best practices.

Our approach is marked by tailored solutions that align with your specific objectives, meaning we put your best interests first.

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