Experienced Chinese Lawyers for commercial leasing

Having a comprehensive lease agreement is key to successfully operating a business, especially in the event of unexpected situations where an efficient agreement can quickly clarify obligations to resolve issues. Our Chinese lawyers have extensive knowledge of commercial lease regulations and provide clients with methods to safeguard their interests.

Our lease lawyers have extensive experience in working with landlords and tenants for retail leases, office lease, industrial lease, restaurant lease and warehouse lease. 

Whether you are a landlord or a tenant, negotiating a new lease agreement or renewing an existing lease, our team has the expertise and experience to help you achieve your goals.

We offer a full range of legal services and advice for all commercial leases, including:

  • drafting and reviewing lease agreements;
  • negotiating further options and conditions; 
  • making variations of lease; 
  • transferring a lease; 
  • advising on legal and regulatory compliance;
  • advising on subleasing arrangements; 
  • advising on breaches and enforcing a Notice of Breach; and 
  • advising on disputes and providing representation.

Frequently asked questions

Why do I need a lawyer for a lease agreement?

Whether you are a landlord or a tenant, if you don’t have a lawyer, you may not fully understand the terms of the lease agreement, which could lead to disputes and potential legal consequences for non-compliance with regulatory requirements.

The most common situation is when the lease agreement does not clearly state the responsibilities of the landlord and tenant, or when one party has a misunderstanding of the terms, which can result in both parties spending time and money to resolve disputes in the future. Seek legal advice can ensure that both parties have a compliant lease agreement and understand each term.

Can I change the terms of my lease, or terminate my lease early?

If you find that certain terms in the lease agreement are unfavourable to you or if you need to modify the lease agreement for some reason after signing it, you can negotiate with the landlord to make changes. Changes to the lease agreement may include modifying the rental amount, lease term, or other conditions.

If you want to modify the lease agreement or terminate the lease early, please contact us immediately to understand your rights and obligations under the lease agreement and determine the best strategy.

What factors should both landlords and tenants consider aside from rent when entering into a lease agreement?

To ensure a successful lease, both landlords and tenants should consider the following:

  • Lease Terms: Understand the length of the lease, rent, security deposit, and renewal options.
  • Maintenance and Repairs: Determine who is responsible for maintaining and repairing the property.
  • Operating Expenses: Clarify which expenses are included in the rent and which are the tenant’s responsibility.
  • Permitted Uses: Understand any restrictions on the property’s use.
  • Improvements and Alterations: Determine whether the tenant can make changes to the property.
  • Assignment and Subletting: Clarify whether the tenant can sublet or assign the lease.
  • Termination and Default: Understand the circumstances under which the lease can be terminated and what happens in the event of a default.
  • Dispute Resolution: Determine how disputes will be resolved.

If you are a landlord or tenant and need legal assistance with your lease, it is important to seek legal advice as soon as possible. A lawyer can help you review and negotiate the lease agreement, ensure legal compliance, and protect your rights in case of a dispute. 

How can I protect myself from hidden costs and fees in a lease agreement?

To protect yourself from hidden costs and fees in a lease agreement, it’s important to carefully review the lease agreement and ask the other party to clarify any unclear terms or fees. You can also inquire about any additional fees such as maintenance or other utilities, and request a written estimate of these costs.

Can I sublease a property without the landlord's consent?

No, a tenant cannot sublease a property without the landlord’s written consent, unless the lease agreement explicitly allows for subleasing. From a landlord’s perspective, subleasing can bring additional risks and complications, such as potential breaches of lease terms or damages caused by the subtenant.

If you are a tenant who wishes to sublease the property, it is important to seek legal advice and comply with all requirements and obligations in the subleasing process, such as obtaining the landlord’s written consent and ensuring the subtenant complies with all terms of the lease agreement.

If you are a landlord who receives a request for subleasing, it is important to review the lease agreement and consider all factors before making a decision. Seek legal advice now to understand your rights and obligation in the subleasing process.

How much does it cost to have a lawyer draft, review or amend a commercial lease?

The legal fees for drafting and reviewing a lease agreement may vary depending on factors such as the complexity of the agreement, the length of the lease term, and the scope of work required. In order to get a specific quote, it would be best to contact us directly. Our lawyers can assess your specific needs and provide you with a fixed-fee quote.

This FAQ content is general in nature and not intended as legal advice. For specific legal advice regarding your situation, we strongly advise you to consult a lawyer. 

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Need help with commercial leasing? Speak to our Chinese lawyers in Melbourne today.

At Canaan Lawyers, we are committed to achieving your desired outcome and enabling you to succeed. Whether you are a landlord or a tenant, if you need help with preparing or reviewing commercial leases, our team of experienced lawyers is here to help. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced lawyers.

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