Leasing food premises
Food premises are unique. They are subject to special food-related rules and regulations, which mean they need to contain a group of provisions that are fundamentally different than a standard lease. It is crucial for both landlord and tenant to understand the inherent differences between a food premises lease and standard leases, and to come to an understanding that reflects these differences.
Lease Reviews - guiding you through your rights and obligations
Lease Negotiations - seeking terms to protect you from risk and avoiding common leasing pitfalls
Lease Drafting - creating a legally enforceable document that reflects your intentions
Lease Advocacy - enforcing your rights and mitigating the consequences of a breach
Green Leasing - integrating terms to facilitate your sustainability and social responsibility goals
Frequently, prospective tenants assume that an imbalance of bargaining power between tenant and landlord means that terms of a lease aren't up for debate. But having a lease that reflects the reality of how you intend to use the space can be the difference between a long term landlord-tenant relationship and a failed business.
There is almost always an opportunity to fine-tune a lease so that it is consistent with a tenant's needs. Having a lawyer help you through the leasing process from the offer-to-lease stage can help you spot potential problems with buildings and landlords before you submit an offer to a landlord. After all, the average lease term is longer than the average marriage: it's important to get it right.
A clear understanding of the obligations and rights under a food premises lease or by identifying nuanced issues that can be altered can save you money in operating costs or future lease payments.
G. S. Jameson & Company works with with clients on a range of commercial leases and can advise clients on leases relating to hospitality operations, mixed use premises, food court premises, breweries and brew-pubs, food production facilities, as well as retail premises, offices, warehouses, industrial/manufacturing facilities, and other similar leaseholds.
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