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Watch out for 'administrative fees' in common area maintenance charges

Last month we talked about common area maintenance and the wildly fluctuating fees property owners charge tenants in some cases. Fees for CAM, as the name suggests, go toward the maintenance of common areas, like parking lots. A given tenant's CAM costs principally depend on the amount of rented square footage, but the property owner has a lot of discretion in determining CAM costs. In other words, tenants should double-check that they aren't being over-charged.

What to look for as a commercial tenant when signing a lease

Many businesses here in Orange County rent the space in which they conduct their business. As a commercial tenant, many of them are presented with boiler plate lease documents that more than likely favor the landlord. What they need to know is that they can negotiate better terms.

What we talk about when we talk about common area maintenance

The title of this post is a cheeky reference to acclaimed fiction writer Raymond Carver, who died in 1988, and his 1981 short story collection What We Talk About When We Talk About Love. Many of Carver's stories are populated with "regular" characters facing workaday circumstances, like the fraught relationship between a husband and wife.

California malls are seeing a different kind of commercial tenant

Malls are not dead. Despite the fact many California malls now contain dark and empty retail space where thriving department stores used to be, experts say mall managers are seeking a different kind of commercial tenant to fill the vacant spaces. While tenants like Sears, J.C. Penney and Saks Fifth Avenue traditionally held the position of anchor stores, those spaces may now house more exciting offerings.

Evicting a commercial tenant in California

Even with a lease, a landlord cannot always trust the other party to follow through. Perhaps you have a commercial tenant in a property here in California who owes back rent or otherwise violated the terms of the lease you and the tenant signed. You may already know that you have grounds for eviction, but need help with the process.

Common commercial lease mistakes to avoid

As an entrepreneur, you understand how important it is for you to find the right building for your business. Besides location, you need a property that is in good condition. As you shop for commercial properties in the San Juan Capistrano area, you should take into consideration the leasing requirements each property has. All commercial leases are not the same. If you are not careful, you could end up with a lease that puts you at a big disadvantage. 

Tenants win bedbug protections in new law

Tenants throughout California received another win in with strong legislation protections recently. According to a new state law that took effect on July 1, landlords are now required to inform tenants of instances of bedbugs. It also offers guidelines for how tenants should report infestations to landlords. The law does not take effect for existing leases until Jan. 1, 2018.

Can I get my landlord to fix a minor problem?

As a tenant, you may find that you have a problem that you believe your landlord should fix, but the landlord does not believe he or she must fix. In these circumstances, it is helpful to understand the limits of what you can expect a landlord to cover and how you might compel a landlord to fix a minor problem even if he or she does not technically have to.

Can I compel my landlord to fix a mold problem?

Tenants often feel as though they have few options when the space they rent has frustrating or dangerous conditions. However, depending on the nature of the condition in question, California law may offer tenants recourse to hold a landlord accountable for unacceptable conditions in a rental space. This is particularly true of spaces with mold infestations. As of 2016, the presence of mold in a rental space qualifies as a substandard housing condition.