Guide to Commercial Leases

Our Guide to Commercial Leases provides a general introduction to the typical provisions found in a commercial lease and discusses key issues that nonprofits and small businesses should consider before entering into a lease. This Guide will be useful to organizations considering a proposed lease as well as those who want to better understand the terms of a current lease.

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This publication provides general guidance only and should not be construed as legal advice. The law on the topics discussed in this publication is highly context-specific. If your organization needs legal assistance, or if you have further questions about these topics, please contact Public Counsel's Community Development Project at (213) 385- 2977, ext. 200. The Community Development Project provides free legal assistance to qualifying low-income entrepreneurs and qualifying nonprofit organizations that share our mission of serving low-income communities and addressing issues of poverty within Los Angeles County.