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Franchisees are a special kind of commercial tenant

When some Orange County entrepreneurs consider starting a business, they look to franchises. Since much of the business is already established, it allows for certain guarantees when it comes to the success of the business. In some ways, this also makes a franchisee a special kind of commercial tenant.

A landlord may be willing to provide perks for signing a lease

A commercial tenant may spend a significant amount of time locating the perfect place to do business. The way the market here in Orange County and elsewhere in the country appears to be at this time, a prospective tenant may be able to negotiate more favorable terms when it comes to the lease. In fact, a landlord may agree to throw in some free perks as well.

Advice every commercial tenant may need for renting space

Securing the right rental space here in Orange County can be a challenge. After what may be an exhaustive search, a commercial tenant must then begin the arduous and often unfamiliar process of negotiating the terms of a lease. More than likely, the landlord has done this numerous times, and probably already has built a library of forms for nearly every situation.

Liability insurance is essential for a commercial tenant

No matter how much planning you do, something could go wrong. For this reason, part of your business planning involves purchasing insurance policies to cover different eventualities that could occur during the course of your business. As a commercial tenant, your Orange County landlord will more than likely expect you to include liability insurance in those policies.

That's a fancy remodel, landlord

We've written about common area maintenance in the past. And for good reason. Vague line items like "administrative fees" can be thousands of dollars, sometimes hundreds of thousands or more. That's one reason you audit past CAM charges, especially where you've taken over a business. In other situations involving CAM, the property owner's estimates are off - by huge margins - and the tenant is hit with a massive bill.

3 things for a commercial tenant to watch for in a lease

Unless you intend to purchase property for your new business here in Orange County, you will need to sign a lease for the space you need. Like any other commercial tenant, your lease will more than likely be about much more than just the rent and term of the lease. Below are three issues you may want to watch for when negotiating your lease.

Starbucks finds out that a commercial tenant can't just walk away

Landlords here in Orange County enter into lease agreements expecting each party to fulfill the terms of those contracts. When a commercial tenant attempts to walk away from the lease without paying, the landlord may need to take that tenant to court. This is what happened when Starbucks broke numerous leases for its Teavana stores across the country.

Commercial tenant and landlord issues: Premises liability

Owning an Orange County business often comes with plenty of satisfaction, but it also comes with plenty of responsibility. One of those responsibilities is to take reasonable measures to keep the premises safe for those who frequent the business, but accidents do happen. Whether you are the landlord or the commercial tenant, dealing with premises liability issues can be tricky.

Who pays when there's toxic mold? You or your landlord?

Mold has become a big topic of conversation in the media here in California and elsewhere in recent years. While most of the press covered household toxic mold issues, commercial buildings are just as susceptible. As a commercial tenant, you may wonder whether you or your landlord pay for the damage the mold has done.