Southern California Lease Agreements

As a southern California business attorney, Torrence L Howell provides assistance with residential and commercial lease agreements

Renting or leasing your property can provide a reliable income stream, but it can also result in costly legal issues if you’re not careful to set up your southern California lease agreements properly. Fortunately, you can count on Torrence L Howell to help you create high-quality lease agreements for your residential or commercial properties. Should you enter into a lease agreement dispute, as your attorney Torrence L Howell can also provide expert representation to defend your rights.

Creating Lease Agreements in Southern California

A lease agreement is a written document that outlines the terms and length of the lease, as well as the responsibilities of the lessor and the lessee. Some of the typical elements included in a lease agreement in southern California include:

  • Term of the lease (must be a fixed term—typically 6 to 12 months)
  • Frequency of payments
  • Rules for raising the rent
  • Amount of notice required for breaking the lease
  • Designation of responsibility for shared utilities
  • Designation of responsibility for lawn care
  • Rules for refundable deposits
  • Pet allowances, pet deposits, pet rent

California has many, many rules and regulations regarding lease agreements and rental properties, so it is highly advisable to get expert help when drafting your lease agreements in southern California. That way, you don’t have to worry about forgetting to include an important provision and potentially ending up facing a legal problem later on. Torrence L Howell has a strong background in business law, making him an especially good choice of southern California business attorney for helping you draft commercial lease agreements.

Breaking Lease Agreements

Once a lease agreement is signed, both the tenant and the landlord are expected to abide by the terms of the lease until its expiration. Most leases do contain clauses regarding the breaking of the agreement prior to expiration. If you need to break a lease and move out early, Torrence L Howell can help you understand your tenants’ rights and help you develop a strategy for minimizing your risk of having to pay rent on a unit you’re no longer occupying. This may involve proving that the rental unit is uninhabitable or not a legal rental property, or that some aspect of the southern California lease agreement is illegal. Another possible strategy to avoid paying rent for the entire lease period would be to prove that the landlord has not taken good faith measures to try to find a new tenant after you broke the lease.
If you are a landlord, Torrence L Howell can serve as your southern California business attorney and defend against the above strategies that an unhappy tenant may try to use against you during a broken lease scenario.