South Florida Commercial Property Leasing Update

Posted on: July 1, 2013

The South Florida Business Journal reported that over 3.6 million square feet of leases in South Florida commercial properties are set to expire over the next 12 months. Included in the 3.6 million square feet is 1.91 million for retail, 1.15 million for office, and 484,225 for industrial. South Florida is home to approximately 40% of Florida’s expiring leases. The lease expirations could cause trouble for properties that are unable to obtain new leases on terms that are as favorable as deals in place now.

As discussed in a previous article, Essential Provisions in a Commercial Lease, both a landlord and potential tenant may benefit from a commercial real estate attorney reviewing and drafting lease provisions. Important provisions such as term, rent, quiet enjoyment, repair and maintenance, and condition of premises should be addressed. An experienced commercial real estate attorney may be able to prevent disputes before they materialize.

The language used in a contract is what governs the relationship between the contracting parties. In a lawsuit, the court looks within the four corners of the contract to determine the rights and obligations of each party. Outside evidence can be used in limited circumstances, such as to explain particular terms of the contract. A real estate attorney should be able to ensure there are no ambiguities in the lease terms.

While commercial properties may become victims to foreclosure from losing tenants, working with a commercial real estate law firm may make obtaining new leases easier. Negotiations with both existing and potential tenants may run more smoothly. Our luxury real estate attorneys will draft or review a commercial lease with our client’s best interests in mind.

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The Fort Lauderdale real estate attorneys at Schecter Law have represented buyers, sellers, brokers and developers in connection with the acquisition, development, and sales of commercial properties since 1976. The real estate industry in South Florida is fraught with potential land mines that only seasoned real estate attorneys are equipped to successfully navigate. Our attorneys will represent the client throughout the entire real property transaction, from review and drafting of the purchase and sale agreement through the providing of title insurance.