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What rights do commercial tenants have?

On Behalf of | Oct 1, 2020 | Real Estate Litigation

Commercial real estate is quite different from residential real estate in many ways, but there is one area where they are quite similar. According to REoptimizer, the law does put restrictions and limits on your interactions with your commercial tenants. 

One of the main rules that apply in both residential and commercial real estate is the right to equality. You cannot discriminate against tenants due to any protected status. 


Your tenants also have rights when it comes to using the property and feeling secure in it. You cannot constantly enter the premises and micromanage the use of the building. You need to give notice prior to entry and make sure that you are giving your tenants privacy. 


There are certain things you must tell tenants prior to leasing a property. This includes anything that could cause a health or safety concern. You should disclose issues that could lead to problems with running a business in the location as well. 


Just as residential landlords have to follow certain procedures to evict a tenant, you do, too. You cannot lock your tenant out of the buildings or force eviction without going through the proper channels. You must provide notice of the eviction with an explanation of why. 

Safe premises

Your tenants also have a right to a safe and secure premises. If there are issues that you must legally handle, then you need to do so quickly as soon as you become aware of the situation. You also need to ensure that you follow your lease and take care of anything to which you agreed to have responsibility.