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Leasing of Commercial & Retail Premises


Commercial leases are used for office buildings, warehouses, or industrial premises. Retail leases include premises like restaurants, cafés, storefronts, or shopping centre spaces. Although these two kinds of leases have many similarities, they have significantly different legal requirements.


Whether you are a landlord or a tenant, navigating the intricacies of leasing a commercial or retail property can be challenging. The financial liability of the lease is generally a substantial portion of a business's operating expenses. Therefore, it is essential to understand all the factors affecting the lease and seek legal advice to minimise costly risks and ensure your interests are adequately protected.


A lease needs to set out the rights and obligations of the landlord and the tenant, including provisions for the term of the lease, rent and other payments, liabilities, maintenance obligations, bank guarantees, security deposits and termination. Ideally, commercial and retail leases should balance the needs of the tenant and the landlord while providing for various situations that may arise throughout the lease being dealt with in an equitable manner.

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I have extensive knowledge of commercial and retail leases and will protect your interests as a landlord or tenant.

I can assist you with the following:

  • Drafting and reviewing retail and commercial leases

  • Compliance with requirements of the Retail Shop Leases Act

  • Negotiating and advising on lease terms and agreements for leases

  • Advice on terminating leases and specific exit requirements

  • Resolving lease disputes, including unpaid rent and maintenance issues

  • Assignments and surrenders of leases.


"Making recommendations is not something we do often. However, we have no hesitation in recommending David Lobbezoo to anyone as a solicitor as his ability and knowledge is second to none. We have worked with David for over 20 years on many business contracts over a vast range of industries and his skills and knowledge have seen a lucky group of business owners prosper from the hard work of being self-employed or the others who had sold being able to enjoy a life in retirement. David is a person you can rely on to get the legal work done safely and correctly"

PG and JW - Robina

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