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Commercial Property Information

Commercial property is property specifically zoned for profit earning business. Offices, specialty trades, malls, restaurants, and convenience stores are all examples of commercial property. Commercial property can either be bought outright or leased from a realtor. To learn more about commercial property, take a look at the questions below that have been answered by Experts.

I am the seller of a commercial property and have changed my mind about selling. The buyer is un willing to terminate the contract. What can I do?

There are a couple of ways to deal with this. You can return the deposit to the buyer and terminate the contract. There are issues with this approach however. The buyer could decide to sue for any funds lost during the negotiation and sale, if you have agreed to specific duties in the contract, as well as the buyer suing the seller in an attempt to force the sale.

The second option would be to make the buying process a hindrance. With all of the potential issues that could arise in a real estate transaction, the seller could deny any requests from the buyer to add to the frustration of the sale. After coming up against a brick wall (you) repeatedly, the buyer would back out and there would be no liability to the seller.

I own a 27,000 square foot commercial property with 13 tenants on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina. Is it legal to have the entire building smoke free?

Smoke free establishments and areas are becoming more common. You would be able to establish a smoke free campus/building which would prohibit smoking anywhere on the property. However, the tenants must agree to the smoke free change in their lease. For those tenants already established, you could draw up a separate document stating the property is now smoke free and the tenant agrees to the change. There are no laws that prevent you from changing the property to a smoke free environment. Many people would scream discrimination; however, smokers are not a protected class.

I have a commercial property which is a church. With the decrease in members, the church has run into a reduction of income. Aside from asking for a reduction in payment, what options do I have?

Your lender will have the final say as to whether a loan modification will take place. If the lender thinks that a modification to a commercial property will be beneficial, there may be a chance to have the payments lowered. If the loan modification falls through, you could always look to other lenders and attempt refinancing the property. If you can find financing elsewhere, you would be able to reduce the payments. Regardless of which option works, it will still be at the discretion of the lender as to whether they finance or not.

I have a commercial property and the Town in which I live has a main water line passing over the front of my property without an easement. Do they have rights to use my property without an easement?

If the town is using your property, they should be using an easement. You can either send a letter to the city demanding the payment of an easement or you can threaten to sue the city for the payment. If you choose to sue, you can either ask the court to force the city to pay for the easement or have the water pipe moved from your property. But first things first, you should speak with an attorney who can draft the demand letter. You will also be able to find out the cost of filing suit against the city and whether or not you have a chance of winning. While you can attempt to do this without the assistance of an attorney, you will have a better chance of success with an attorney in your corner. A case like this will not be heard in small claims court.

Do I need a business license to rent a commercial property or office space?

You shouldn't require a business license to rent commercial property. However, if you plan on operating a business, you will need a license. If you have a lease, take a close look at the language. It is very possible you will find an escape clause. This is used in order for the new tenant a chance to get all of the necessary licenses and fees taken care of before the lease is in full effect. For example, a tenant wants to open a restaurant but needs to have a liquor license lined out before opening day, the escape clause will allow several days before they take up occupancy to get the licensing in order.

When starting a business, most people search for commercial property. While some buy commercial property, there is always the lease option. Many people feel more secure in leasing a commercial building when they start a young business and later choose to buy their own building once they are established. If you have questions about commercial property, you should ask an expert for experienced assistance in making the best choice for your unique situation.

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