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When a commercial tenant and landlord don't get along

You may believe that since your lease outlines all of the rights and responsibilities of the parties, that everything will be smooth sailing. After all, you spent a significant amount of time negotiating it, so everyone should live up to his or her obligations. Sadly, that is not always the case whether here in Orange County or elsewhere. A commercial tenant and a landlord do not always get along.

When disputes arise, your commercial lease should be the guidepost for resolving it. Perhaps the matter is just a misunderstanding of a provision of the lease, and a reminder is enough to get the landlord/tenant relationship back on track. If that proves not to be the case, it may be necessary to take further action.

Each party wants to protect his or her rights. However, those rights may not survive a failure to fulfill an obligation under the lease. When a party breaches a provision of the lease, the other party may no longer be required to fulfill his or her obligations. What all this means is that if the other party fails to follow through with what he or she agreed to, you may have the opportunity to have pursue restitution for your losses.

More than likely, you would prefer to resolve the matter without going to court, and that may be possible. What you have to remember is that those efforts may not succeed no matter how hard you try. However, with the right Orange County legal counsel on your side, you may find a peaceful resolution to the matter that allows you to repair the commercial tenant/landlord relationship. Otherwise, knowing that you will be well represented in court could put your mind at ease.

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