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Understanding the lease - part five

Highlighting where we have been, in part one we compared a lease to a month-to-month rental agreement and what happens when your lease expires.

Part two defined the commencement date and why you should pay your rent on time if not early.

The use of the security deposit, property condition and maintenance was highlighted in part three.

Part four explained how to handle repairs and alterations, the landlord entering the premises, subletting and terminating a lease early.

I promised you we would be discussing the commercial lease, which we will start to do in this article. Fortunately, as I highlighted the major points of a residential lease, this laid the groundwork for the commercial lease because most of the terms are common to both.

The forms used

Just as there are several residential lease agreement forms available the same is true for commercial leases. In my locale, the majority of leases for most of the property types I handle use the 19 page (usually ends up being 31 or more pages) AIR CRE forms. CAR (California Association of Realtors) does offer a six-page commercial lease but is only suitable for basic properties when only a simple lease is needed.

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