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3 common causes of commercial landlord/tenant disputes

On Behalf of | Jan 3, 2023 | Commercial Real Estate

There is a unique relationship between landlords and commercial tenants operating a business on rented property. It is in a business owner’s best interests to remain on good terms with their commercial landlord, as failure to do so can result in a dispute that may harm the day-to-day activities of the company.

While it is important to advocate for your own tenant rights as provided in the lease, it is also good practice to avoid a dispute whenever possible. You can choose the best course of action during sensitive situations by familiarizing yourself with some of the common causes of commercial landlord/tenant disputes.

1. Rent issues

The transaction of rent payments forms the basis of the landlord/tenant relationship. It almost goes without saying, then, that a dispute can arise when a tenant withholds rent or when the landlord wrongfully changes the rent requirements of the lease.

2. Maintenance obligations

One of the most complicated aspects of a lease is the outlining of obligations when it comes to maintenance and repairs. It is always a good idea to confirm which party is responsible for which types of damages before signing any agreement.

3. Renewal disagreements

When the time comes to renew your lease, you might find that the new contract entails a higher rent payment or includes new terms that are unfavorable for you. This can be frustrating for a commercial tenant if the new terms affect any of your existing financial projections, so it is important to verify if the original lease allows for these changes at the time of renewal.

Settling a commercial landlord/tenant dispute is often a matter of referring to the terms of the lease. For more complex issues, it may be necessary to check Nevada landlord and tenant laws or pursue legal action.