The hectic San Jose real estate market can present challenges for any landlord or tenant. With complicated commercial lease agreements, the stakes are often higher, and the legal issues are more complicated. The San Jose real estate attorneys at Structure Law Group are here to help business owners from all industries understand commercial leases. What follows are some of the most common issues that arise in negotiating lease terms.
Unlike residential leases, a commercial lease is not always paid at a fixed monthly rate. The rate can vary depending on market conditions. For example, a tenant might need a lower rate during the off-season when business is slow. Commercial landlords may be willing to negotiate variable rates depending on market conditions, time of year, supply chain disruptions, and other events. Some commercial leases are not paid at a fixed rate at all. Instead, the landlord will agree to take a set percentage of the tenant’s retail sales or a base rent plus the commission of sales. All of these price terms can be negotiated between the landlord and tenant. All of these terms are also subject to the California Civil Code, which prevents rent control on commercial properties. A San Jose real estate lawyer can help either party determine what pricing structure will best meet their needs and goals.