Leasing premises is often one of the first things that an aspiring business owner will do when starting a new business, and a lease may well be the first contract that a new business enters into. Even with the rise of online businesses, most businesses within Australia are a party to a lease of some description. Whether it is a retail lease for a shop, a commercial lease for a warehouse, an office lease occupied by professionals or a co-working space occupied by a startup: leases affect all business.
It is no surprise then that the Lawcrest team of commercial lawyers are also experts in leasing and the laws that affect leases. Our clients include:
- landlords who own and manage shopping centres and industrial parks throughout Australia;
- large retail tenants, with a store footprint exceeding 400+ outlets across all states and territories;
- franchisees and franchisors entering into a wide range of leasing and licensing arrangements to govern their outlets;
- self managed superannuation funds which have invested in commercial premises; and
- leasing agents who manage a property portfolio of varying sizes.
Sadly, leasing disputes form a large proportion of the commercial disputes that we come across. Many of these disputes arise from poorly drafted lease provisions, and a lack of an appreciation for the often shifting regulatory landscape relating to leasing laws.
If you own or manage commercial property or contemplating entering into a lease as a tenant, give us a call to discuss how we can protect your interests.