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Negotiate the Best Lease for Your Business

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When it comes to business, there is no standard lease!

Ready to haggle for the best deal possible? Turn to Negotiate the Best Lease for Your Business — you’ll find the information, advice and strategies you need when negotiating with an experienced landlord.

This practical handbook explains how to analyze space needs, find the ideal location and then get the best possible terms. Learn how to:

 determine the real cost of renting ...

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Overview

When it comes to business, there is no standard lease!

Ready to haggle for the best deal possible? Turn to Negotiate the Best Lease for Your Business — you’ll find the information, advice and strategies you need when negotiating with an experienced landlord.

This practical handbook explains how to analyze space needs, find the ideal location and then get the best possible terms. Learn how to:

 determine the real cost of renting keep future rent at manageable levels get the most out of your broker and attorney suggest alternatives to hefty security deposits allocate responsibility and cost of fixing up your space negotiate flexibility to expand, renew or leave early ensure costs are shared fairly among tenants avoid dealing with costly code compliance and clean-ups save your lease if you can't live up to it now and then

The 2nd edition provides new strategies and advice throughout, plus new checklists that will help you at every step of your negotiation.

Comprehensive and written in plain English, Negotiate the Best Lease for Your Business is essential for entrepreneurs on the hunt for a fair and workable lease.

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Editorial Reviews

Accounting Today
Shows you how to rewrite the boilerplate you're presented with to get the most flexibility at the lowest cost.
Bookwatch
Relatively few books exist on negotiating commercial leases, and most only skim the process.... all advice and strategies needed to evaluate a commercial space and obtain a good lease is standard in Negotiate the Best Lease for Your Business.
Sacramento Business Journal
A fine book on leasing... Portman and Steingold have crafted a dandy book for the aspiring entrepreneur as well as a valuable reference book for the seasoned businessperson.
San Francisco Chronicle
Educate yourself about negotiating a lease through a book like [Negotiate the Best Lease for Your Business ].
Sacramento Business Journal
A fine book on leasing... Portman and Steingold have crafted a dandy book for the aspiring entrepreneur as well as a valuable reference book for the seasoned businessperson.
Booknews
Offers advice and strategies, in plain English, for negotiating a lease for a small business. Covers all aspects of the process, from evaluating potential space and landlords, to getting improvements, renewing the lease, and getting out before the lease ends. Explains how to keep future rents manageable and how to ensure costs are shared fairly among tenants, and warns about potential problems, such as responsibilities for environmental problems and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Includes checklists and worksheets. The authors are attorneys who have written other legal guides. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781413302165
  • Publisher: NOLO
  • Publication date: 7/23/2005
  • Series: Negotiate the Best Lease for Your Business Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 1,362,746
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Attorney Fred S. Steingold practices law in Ann Arbor, Michigan. An expert on small business law, he represents and advises many small businesses. He is the author of Legal Guide for Starting & Running a Small Business and The Employer's Legal Handbook. His monthly column, "The Legal Advisor," is carried by trade publications across the country.

As Nolo's managing editor, Portman oversees editorial work on all Nolo books. She specializes in residential and commercial landlord/tenant law, legal issues related to courts, landlords and tenants, and neighbor disputes. She is the author or co-author of Every Landlord's Legal Guide, Every Landlord's Guide to Finding Great Tenants, Every Tenant's Legal Guide, Renters' Rights, Negotiate the Best Lease for Your Business, Leases & Rental Agreements, The California Landlord's Law Book and California Tenants' Rights. Portman received undergraduate and graduate degrees from Stanford University and a law degree from Santa Clara University. Before joining Nolo in 1994, she practiced law as a public defender.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Part I: Finding and Evaluating Space and Developing a Negotiation Strategy
1. What Kind of Space Do You Need?
2. Looking for Space and Using Brokers
3. Evaluating the Space and the Landlord
4. Understanding the True Size and Cost of the Rental
5. Setting the Stage to Negotiate
6. Your Negotiation Strategy

Part II: Common Lease Terms
7. Lease Basics
8. The Length of Your Lease
9. Rent
10. Security Deposits
11. Improvements and Alterations
12. Maintenance, Utilities, and Code Compliance
13. Parking, Signs, Landlord's Entry, and Security
14. Option to Renew or Sublet and Other Flexibility Clause
15. Insurance Clauses
16. Breaking the Lease, Disputes, and Attorney Fees
17. Foreclosures, Condemnations, Guarantors, and Other Clauses
Index

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