Leasing & Subleasing

Leasing and Subleasing Disputes in Menlo Park

Menlo Park Real Estate Attorney for Commercial and Residential Property

A lease is a legal agreement between a property owner and a tenant that allows the tenant to occupy the property in exchange for rental payments. At Flicker, Kerin, Kruger & Bissada LLP, our lawyers are well versed in residential and commercial leasing agreements, including subleasing matters and other disputes. In most situations, tenants cannot sublease property (allow a subtenant to occupy the property) without the express consent of the property owner.

Commercial Leasing & Subleasing

Subleasing commercial property comes with many benefits but is not always acceptable to the property owner. Much like the tenant’s lease agreement, a sublease will involve the following factors:

  • Define the subleased premises
  • Set the term of the least (how long the agreement will last)
  • Determine the amount of rent

Other important factors include: insurance considerations, property maintenance, repair costs, etc. Like many areas of commercial real estate law, commercial subleasing comes with the potential for legal complexities.

Residential Leasing & Subleasing

Residential real estate laws differ from those that apply to commercial leasing agreements. Generally, the laws related to residential leases are more detailed and designed with the well-being of the tenant in mind. Some important factors to consider are:

  • The tenant is still bound by the legal obligations in his / her lease
  • The property owner may hold the tenant responsible for damages caused by the subtenant
  • The property owner may not approve of the subleasing agreement

When to Involve a Lawyer in Your Leasing / Subleasing Agreement

Our Menlo Park real estate attorneys at Flicker, Kerin, Kruger & Bissada LLP are equipped to provide legal assistance for individuals and businesses considering a lease or sublease. We have offices in San Ramon and Menlo Park, and we represent clients throughout the Bay Area. Without a lawyer, one or more parties in the lease could face an unfair agreement or other legal challenges.

With the help of an attorney, you can protect your financial well-being and your rights before signing your lease or sublease agreement.


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.