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.
It is a good time to be a landlord in Orange County. The area has seen the highest increase in commercial tenant growth in the United States. In the last two years, the rental market has increased by a staggering 23 percent. Rents have gone up as well.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As a renter, whether commercial or residential, it can often feel as though you are at the mercy of your landlord, even when he or she is not always reasonable. While this is an understandable feeling, this does not have to be the case in practice. There are a number of steps you can take even before you sign a lease that can help protect your rights as a renter throughout your lease and beyond.
The statewide legalization of recreational marijuana use continues to create frustrating legal conflicts, especially when it comes to where one can legally possess or use marijuana. Many tenants now face the difficult reality that their landlords may forbid them from growing, smoking or even keeping marijuana on the premises. Is this legal for landlords to do? It all depends on your lease.