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The Dirty (Half) Dozen: Particularly Onerous Provisions in Commercial Leases

by Andrew P. Kaiser, Esq.*

The location of a dental practice’s office is a significant factor in its long-term success and among its most important assets. Consequently, a dentist’s office lease is perhaps the most important contract that will be executed pertaining to his or her practice. As leases generally have lengthy terms, you get one chance to negotiate an office lease that you will have to live with for a long period of time. In order to obtain satisfactory business terms, it is important that you secure the assistance of an experienced commercial real estate agent who specializes in office and/or retail leasing and knows the specific market you have targeted. Likewise, you should have an attorney who specializes in commercial real estate review your lease to make sure you are receiving the full benefit of the agreed upon business deal, and to negotiate the important legal provisions throughout the lease document.

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