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Los Angeles Commercial Lease Attorney – Negotiating an Option

As Los Angeles commercial leasing attorneys we frequently deal with lease options.  If possible, we always recommend that a tenant pursue a lease option at the outset of their lease.  A lease option gives the tenant the right, generally within a specified period of time, to extend the life of the lease.  This can be useful because it allows a business to avoid the risk of being forced to move at the end of their fixed term while still providing the flexibility in allowing the business to move if the location is no longer suitable for its needs.  Here are three important questions to focus on when negotiating a lease option. 1.  When is the option exercisable?  Typically the lease option will provide a time frame when the lease option

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Posted in Commercial Lease, Leases

Commercial Lease – Subordination and Non-Disturbance Agreements

A subordination, non-disturbance, and attornment agreement, commonly known as a “SNDA” is an agreement that addresses lien priorities as between tenants and lenders. These SNDA set out when the rights of the tenant will be subordinate (junior) to the rights of the lenders. The overall purpose of a SNDA agreement is to assure a tenant that their rights in their lease and the leased premises will not be disturbed even if the landlord defaults on its loan and the commercial lender forecloses on the property. The attornment agreement, in turn, typically provides that the tenant will continue their obligations under the lease even in the event a new landlord takes over the contract. This assures the lender that there will be privity of contract following

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Recovering Attorneys’ Fees in a California Lawsuit

Anytime a person or individual is faced with a lawsuit or contemplating filing a lawsuit they should always be thinking about attorneys’ fees.  Attorneys’ fees are important because they are generally the cost of participating in the lawsuit with the aid of a lawyer.  Lawyers generally charge by the hour or agree to take the case on a contingency.  For lawyers charging by the hour or via flat fees, the cost of the lawsuit is largely the attorneys’ fees. Because attorneys’ fees necessarily play a large role in any lawsuit it is important to understand whether there is an ability to recover attorneys’ fees in a particular dispute.  The law in California generally provides that unless attorneys’ fees are provided for by statute or by

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Posted in Litigation, Real Estate Attorney, Real Estate Attorney Los Angeles

Los Angeles Commercial Easement Attorney – Disputes

In our Los Angeles based real estate litigation practice we frequently see adjacent owners of commercial property who provide reciprocal easements with each other.  Generally, reciprocal easements are used when a property is owned by one or more entity and the multiple entities wish to develop the property together.  We see this with shopping centers.  Reciprocal easements can also arise in situations where adjacent owners share a parking lot or adjacent land where it makes sense for the parties to share use of each other’s property. In our real estate practice we have seen situations where disagreements arise regarding the maintenance of the reciprocal easement or the usage.  For example, sometimes one side is responsible for a portion of the maintenance cost of another’s property

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Los Angeles Real Estate Attorney: Step 3 for Commercial Leasing Disputes

Our Los Angeles Real Estate attorneys handle all types of commercial real estate leasing disputes.  After reviewing steps 1 and 2, we are now at step 3, which is initiating the actual dispute.  Initiating a commercial leasing dispute is not as simple as just filing a basic claim.  Drafting the complaint or arbitration demand is key because is sets the framework for the entire litigation.  Of course, if you fail to add a cause of action you can always seek leave to amend to add another claim at a later time but it becomes much harder to do once the initial complaint has been filed.  You usually have to show that you did not know of the claim at the time the party filed the

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Posted in Commercial Lease, Leases, Real Estate Attorney Los Angeles

Los Angeles Commercial Leasing Disputes Attorney: Step 1 to Handling Commercial Leasing Dispute

As Los Angeles real estate attorneys, one of the most frequent types of cases that we handle are commercial leasing disputes.  We handle these disputes for both commercial landlords and commercial tenants.  Here, we are going to begin a 5 part series on how to handle these disputes.  It does not matter whether your leasing dispute is in Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Culver City, Beverly Hills, Van Nuys, Woodland Hills, Sherman Oaks, Hollywood, West Hollywood, Downtown Los Angeles, Mid-Wilshire, Orange County, Riverside, or anywhere else in the state of California, a good real estate attorney should follow a few basic steps at the outset of the case. The first step for any commercial real estate leasing dispute is to review the terms of the lease

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Zachary D. Schorr has been named to the Southern California Super Lawyers (Rising Stars) list for attorneys in Real Estate for 5 straight years - 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state receive this honor. In 2016 he was also included as one of the top 100 lawyers in Southern California in this category. The selection for this respected list is made by the research team at Super Lawyers.

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