Commercial Leasing

Negotiating the right contract for your commercial lease

Our commercial leasing process

We prepare, evaluate and negotiate leases for office, retail and warehouse/service/industrial facilities. The documentation process involves everything from leases in multi-tenant office buildings and shopping centers to ground leases for build-to-suit facilities. We handle the representation of both landlords and tenants (though not in the same transaction).

The Services We Offer

How we can assist you

  • Lease agreements and amendments
  • Build to suit agreements
  • iGround leases
  • Security documentation, incl. guaranties and letters of credit
  • iLetters of intent
  • Estoppel certificates
  • Tenant buildout agreements
  • Assignments and subleases
  • Subordination, non-disturbance and attornment agreements
  • Brokerage and management agreements
  • Landlord waiver agreements
  • Workout agreements
  • Developing form leases

How we work

Getting started with us

Our streamlined onboarding process will ensure that your needs are met and that all the necessary information is available for our team to file your petition and get your case moving.

Step 1

Preliminary Consultation

We'll discuss your goals, objectives and identify any potential road blocks

Step 2

Identification of Scope of Work

We will identify the scope of your project so that we can plan on how to approach and resolve it

Step 3

Setting Expectations

We believe it is important to set expectations and estimate a timeline for your project


Frequently Asked Questions

These are the most common questions we receive about commercial leasing. If you have any other questions, feel free to contact us using the form below or by emailing us at

What is a commercial lease?

A commercial lease is a legally binding agreement between a landlord and tenant that outlines the terms and conditions of renting a commercial property.

What should be included in a commercial lease agreement?
A commercial lease agreement should include agreed upon terms concerning the length / term, rent payments, common area and shared expenses, security deposit requirements, maintenance responsibilities, permitted uses of the property, default and remedial provisions and any number of other additional terms and conditions that the landlord and tenant agree upon.
What are common types of commercial leases?
Common types of commercial leases include office leases, retail leases, industrial and warehouse leases, triple net leases and ground leases.
What is a triple net lease?
A triple net lease is a type of commercial lease where the tenant is responsible for paying all property taxes, insurance and maintenance costs in addition to base rent.
What is a gross lease?
A gross lease is a type of commercial lease where the landlord pays for all or most of the operating expenses of the property, including property taxes, insurance, and maintenance costs, all of which is built in to the monthly rent paid to landlord.
What is a percentage lease?
A percentage lease is a type of commercial lease where the tenant pays a base rent plus a percentage of their sales revenue.
What is a ground lease?
A ground lease is a type of commercial lease where the tenant leases the land from the landlord and constructs a building or structure on the property. The term often used is “from the ground up.”
What the heck is a “Usufruct?”
Georgia is the only state in the country where the vast majority of leases are legally known as usufructs, which is an archaic term from landlord fiefdom times that means “use of the fruits.” A usufruct is different than the other form of leasehold interest in Georgia called an “estate for years”. The differences are important to understand so the appropriate document is drafted. For example, under Georgia law, a usufruct is necessary to create a landlord – tenant relationship. Without that relationship, a landlord under an estate for years may not be able to avail itself of the much simpler legal process of dispossessing a tenant.
How can a commercial real estate attorney assist with a commercial lease transaction?
An experienced commercial real estate attorney can prepare, review and negotiate lease agreements, advise on landlord and tenant rights and responsibilities, and provide legal guidance throughout the lease process. Good leasing attorneys maintain a broad bank of lease forms for all types of lease transactions. We represent both landlords and tenants, though not both at the same time.

Types of commercial real estate leasing properties we can assist you with

Commercial leasing is a large part of our practice. We represent both landlords and tenants in the following categories:

  • Office buildings
  • Office parks
  • Retailers and shopping centers
  • Grocery/supermarkets
  • Free standing users
  • Warehouse/service/industrial properties