Lease Advisor

after your lease is signed

During Your Lease Term, You May Encounter Issues . . .

After your lease is signed, issues may arise from time to time.

For example:

  • You may run into problems involving your build-out or renovation of your space.

  • Your landlord may claim you are in breach of your lease.

  • You may need to get out of your lease or obtain a rent reduction due to closing your business or other unanticipated circumstances.

  • Your landlord may be relocating you to a less desirable space.

  • You may need to negotiate an extension of your term or other amendments to your lease.

  • Your lease may obligate you to participate in mediation of a lease dispute, but you are not sure how the process works or how to effectively prepare for your mediation session.

  • Your landlord may ask you to sign an estoppel certificate, but you are not sure what it is and how it could affect you.

The lease provisions addressing these issues can be confusing and difficult to interpret. Even if the lease seems to say one thing, courts sometimes interpret lease terms differently or apply presumptions in favor of one party or the other.

Commercial leasing problems often are a source of stress for business owners who try to handle it on their own, without understanding their rights and responsibilities under the lease, all while continuing to manage the day-to-day operations of their business.

Seemingly Small Lease Issues Can Lead to Bigger Problems

It is common for business owners to avoid dealing with lease issues because they don't have the time or don’t know where to start. It is also common for tenants to react to a situation involving their landlord out of anger or frustration. Even tenants with the best intentions who try to resolve lease disputes on their own may learn after it is too late that they did something to put them at a disadvantage.

Avoiding the situation, responding out of frustration, or making innocent mistakes in dealing with legal issues involving your lease can lead to bigger problems or, even worse, expose you and your business to costly court battles. Ideally, lease disputes can be resolved without resorting to litigation by direct negotiations or mediation, which is often faster, less expensive, and more private than litigation.

What is Ziva Lease Advisor and How Does It Work?

Ziva Lease Advisor offers legal advice for issues arising out of a change, document, or concern involving your lease after your lease is signed.

Our Ziva Lease Advisor services generally fall under four categories:

Dispute Resolution

If you get us involved early on, we might be able to help you resolve your dispute out of court. We help you understand your rights and obligations under your lease, explore your options, and develop a strategy with an eye toward a swift resolution of your dispute.

Document Review

We review legal documents related to your lease and can assist in negotiating the terms of these agreements.

Mediation Preparation

We help you effectively prepare for your mediation of a lease dispute by explaining the mediation process, offering advice about options, developing a mediation strategy, and evaluating proposed settlement terms.

Other Lease Advising

We help you navigate other issues that may arise concerning your lease from the commencement of your lease through the expiration or earlier termination of your lease, and everything in between.

Using Ziva Lease Advisor ensures that you have a legal professional on your side who will seek creative and effective solutions to your tough lease issues.

If your business is facing a change, an issue, or a potential dispute involving your commercial lease, contact us for a complimentary initial consultation to see if we can help.