Landlord-Tenant Matters

At its heart, the relationship between a landlord and a tenant is a legal one. When entering into a lease agreement, both tenant and landlord must understand that they are bound by the terms of that agreement. Miami attorney Santiago J. Padilla, who has 25 years of legal experience, including working on landlord-tenant matters, advises Florida clients regarding both residential and commercial lease issues.

It is almost inevitable that landlords, whether their tenants are commercial entities or individuals, will become involved in disputes involving those tenants at some point. Having the proper response to those disputes can go a long way toward minimizing distractions and returning to business as usual as soon as possible.

Issues To Consider In Commercial Leases

  • Gross lease vs. net lease: A gross lease is one in which the landlord is paid a single amount, leaving the landlord responsible for taxes, utilities, insurance and maintenance; a net lease includes separate amounts for these types of expenses.
  • Rent determination: Are rent increases set at a fixed rate or are they tied to cost-of-living increases?
  • Maintenance: What kinds of services are covered? Who is responsible for repairs?
  • Activities: Leases may include restrictions on what type of commercial activity may be conducted.
  • Build-out: Who pays for build-out of the premises?
  • Guaranties: Will a guaranty be required and what limitations are acceptable?

If you have a landlord-tenant issue or would like to find out more about Mr. Padilla's real estate practice, please call Santiago J. Padilla at 800-483-7197 by or completing and submitting his office's online contact form.