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Commercial Leases Blog Series

Landlord & Tenant Law, Legal Update, and Real Estate Law

The attorneys at Brewer Offord & Pedersen LLP put together a Commercial Leases Blog Series. Whether you are a tenant or a landlord, we hope that you will find these blogs, written by our knowledgeable attorneys, helpful when considering renting or leasing a commercial property. As always, if you think you may have a real estate legal matter, do not hesitate to contact our office at (650) 327 2900 x 10 or on the web at


By: Simon Offord,Esq. (Click image for  bio)

Tenant Considerations in a Commercial Lease

Commercial leases generally have many more complexities than the average residential lease, and are oftentimes involve and require significant negotiation. This article will look at a few of the many areas that tenants should consider before entering into a commercial lease. Future articles will touch…

New ADA Requirements for Commercial Properties

As of July 1, 2013, a new lease disclosure requirement added one more responsibility for owners and lessors of commercial property. Civil Code Section 1938, part of the legislation designed to limit unwarranted lawsuits brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), provides as follows…


By: Julia M. Wei, Esq. (Click image for bio)

Negotiating Commercial Leases – Back to Basics

Understanding Square Footage and How it Affects Your Lease

Previously, my colleagues wrote blogs regarding commercial leasing considerations for tenants ( and commercial evictions (, but today I am going to cover one of the most fundamental provisions of the lease – …

Commercial Leases – The Right to Assign or Sublet, a Potential Trap for the Unwary Tenant

Commercial leases tend to be negotiated for long periods of time (10 or 15 year leases are not uncommon), especially if the tenant is making significant tenant improvements. Accordingly, when the tenant’s business expands or contracts, a common dispute that arises is…

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Real Estate Contracts & Transactions

Out of Contract? Not So Fast…

by Adam Pedersen, Esq. on August 28, 2018

In the highly-competitive real estate market in California, agents are being more aggressive in enforcing contract terms. So before you tell your client that you are “out of contract”, you might want to be sure the contract is actually cancelled! [Read More]

Landlord & Tenant Law

What a Three-Day Notice to Pay Rent or Quit Really Means

by Brewer Firm Team on September 20, 2018

It is after Labor Day weekend and that means school supplies, summer vacation credit card bills, and preparing for the holidays. With all these added costs, the tenant may not have enough money to pay rent and the landlord serves [Read More]

Real Estate Contracts & Transactions

Can A Buyer Back Out of a Non-Contingent Offer?

by Simon Offord, Esq. on October 2, 2018

In my last article, we discussed liquidated damages in the context of a residential real estate purchase contract.  This article will examine whether a buyer may have a right to back out of a contract and receive their full deposit [Read More]