Leases: Residential, Commercial & Agriculture
MHR Law prides itself in having the knowledge and expertise to ensure your rights are protected in a tenancy relationship. We assist both landlords and tenants to ensure rights and obligations are clearly defined.
Residential leases are subject to special rules, mainly to protect tenants. The Residential Tenancies Act sets out the basic obligations of the landlord and tenant, including how security deposits should be used, whether a landlord can charge an additional fee for pets and a tenant’s rights before eviction. If you rent out a residential space as a landlord or tenant, it is important that you understand your respective rights and obligations and that your rental arrangement is properly documented for later reference.
MHR Law acts for both residential landlords and tenants in all matters, from drafting and reviewing residential tenancy agreements to representing clients during an eviction proceeding or at termination of a rental arrangement.
Whether you are a landlord or tenant, a lease agreement is a significant part of your business. A typical commercial lease agreement is between 20 and 30 pages long because it must capture every aspect of the leasing relationship. There really is no “standard” lease agreement, and you and the other side can tailor your agreement as much as you wish. This is why is it important to have a lawyer looking out for your best interests when entering into a lease.
Our Business & Commercial Law lawyers at MHR Law can help you make sense of your lease agreement, help you negotiate a lease that is in your best interests and enforce your rights as a tenant or landlord.
- Who the parties are
- How rent is calculated and when it is due
- Security deposits
- The landlord’s options if the tenant fails to pay
- The tenant’s options if the landlord fails to meet its obligations
- Who pays and owns improvements to the leased premises
- Restrictions and conditions on subletting
There are also many terms that are specific to a lease of agricultural land:
- Permitted farming practices
- Required farming practices
- Maximum grazing capacity
- Who is responsible for maintaining fences
- Dower releases
- Allocating revenue from oil and gas activity
- Lumber removal from the property
- Irrigation usage
Martinson and Harder understands the needs of farmers and ranchers and would be happy to help prepare your next lease. Call us to set up an appointment with one of our lawyers.