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Emotional Support and Service Animals in Housing and Your Business

Handy tips for property owners, landlords, property managers, developers, real estate agents, community associations, and business owners: Business owners of public accommodations, such as restaurants, hotels and stores, are not required to allow emotional support animals but they are required to allow service animals. The type...

Renewal Option Language Often Overlooked

Tenants don't often spend a lot of time on the renewal option provisions of commercial leases during negotiations. Though these provisions are seem to be for the tenants' benefit, many tenants are satisfied that the lease provides for the agreed upon option with out giving...

Please Take Out the Garbage

A shopping center landlord client has had some difficulties with one of his tenants recently. The tenant, a bagel shop and restaurant, and the largest tenant in the small suburban strip center, is not maintaining the area surrounding the restaurant very well.  The corridor that...

Controlling Expenses in Net Leases

An attorney negotiating for tenants should be diligent in reviewing expense provisions of commercial leases. While most such leases start with the premise that the tenant is 100% responsible for the operating costs of the premises (a triple net, or NNN lease), tenants should look...

Florida Rental Tax Difficult To Swallow

After negotiating a good rental rate on a commercial lease, new tenants in Florida often get sticker shock when they calculate their monthly bill after factoring in sales tax. F.S. 212.031 assess sales tax on the consideration paid to occupy the premises. The consideration includes...