Commercial Landlord/Tenant Compliance

Commercial Landlord / Tenant Compliance in the Bay Area

Menlo Park Real Estate Attorneys

A “commercial tenant” refers to a business that does not own the building it occupies. Many, if not most, businesses share this denominator; however, commercial zones are not restricted to the same laws as residential buildings, which creates the potential for complex landlord / tenant relationships. Our Menlo Park real estate lawyers at Flicker, Kerin, Kruger & Bissada LLP have years of experience handling a diverse range of real estate matters, and can help businesses and commercial tenants alike avoid the difficulties that often arise between building owners and their tenants. If such a matter appears, our team can provide the legal guidance you need to find a fair solution. We have offices in San Ramon and Menlo Park, and we represent clients throughout the Bay Area.

The Role of a Real Estate Lawyer in Your Commercial Lease

Because the law is not as specific with commercial tenancy as it is with residential leases, commercial landlord / tenant relationships cultivate a variety of potential disagreements, such as:

  • Contract disagreements and breach of contract disputes
  • Evictions and grounds for eviction
  • Repairs and building improvement problems
  • Common area maintenance
  • Subletting
  • Compliance with the commercial lease

Factors to Consider

Commercial leases are designed to maintain a business, whereas residential leases are created for the benefit of the tenant. There are some commonalities between commercial and residential lease agreements, including security deposit specifications and rent. In a commercial lease though, additional conditions can apply:

  • Advertising space and signage stipulations
  • Property repair and modifications
  • Clear difference between landlord / tenant space
  • Non-compete clauses and exclusivity
  • Potential to extend the lease

Why a Menlo Park Real Estate Lawyer Should Review Your Lease

Commercial leases are complex at best. In many cases, the information in these agreements is not only complicated, but difficult to comprehend without the assistance of an experienced legal advocate. Additionally, our real estate lawyers at Flicker, Kerin, Kruger & Bissada LLP can ensure your commercial lease agreement does not contain any unlawful or unfair stipulations.


Over the years, Flicker, Kerin, Kruger & Bissada LLP has cultivated a reputation for excellence in the legal field. With a focus on complex and high-asset cases, we provide innovative legal strategies for our clients - always placing their best interests at the forefront of each legal matter. In addition to the gratitude of our clients and the respect of our legal peers, our firm has garnered the attention of many prestigious legal organizations.