While one always enters into a business relationship hoping and expecting the best, there are many ways that a commercial leasing arrangement can go wrong. There can be damage to the property, a failure to maintain the property or non-payment of rent. These and more can sometimes trigger a need for litigation. With commercial rent disputes comes the possible need for using the court registry. Whatever challenges your commercial lease dispute poses, make sure you’re prepared with experienced Florida commercial litigation counsel.
One recent South Florida case was just such a dispute between a commercial tenant and a landlord. The business relationship started with a tenant signing a commercial lease to operate a gym in a space in Palm Beach County. The lease dictated an amount of fixed rent the tenant owed. An additional section of the lease provided for some reduction to the tenant’s rent if the space encountered damage and the repairs to that damage impeded the operation of the tenant’s gym. Specifically, the lease stated that the rent “will be reduced proportionately to the extent to which the repair operations interfere with the business conducted on the Premises by Lessee.”
As fate would have it, damage did occur. The property encountered roof problems and, according to the tenant, water damage and debris from roof repairs harmed his business’ gym equipment.