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Commercial lease terms impact what charges a landlord can assess

Sometimes, commercial property landlords and tenants get into disputes over monetary charges. One of the things these disputes sometimes center over is whether the landlord was allowed to assess a given charge.

What kinds of charges a commercial property landlord can assess against a given tenant here in Texas in part depends on the terms of the lease agreement with that tenant. This is because, under state law, commercial property landlords are generally prohibited from assessing tenants charges for which charge calculation method or charge amount was not specified in the lease agreement (or a document connected to the lease agreement). As a note, there are some charges exempt from this requirement, including property damage charges and rent charges.

This underscores the big role the terms of a lease agreement play in what sorts of things a commercial property landlord can and cannot do during a lease arrangement.

When trying to reach a lease agreement, it is important for both commercial landlords and commercial tenants to have an accurate understanding of what particular impacts proposed lease terms could have on them in the future. Experienced commercial real estate attorneys can help such individuals with this and with lease negotiations.

Such attorneys can also provide commercial tenants or landlords here in Texas with assistance when disputes arise in relation to a commercial lease, such as disputes over charges assessed by a landlord. Good guidance can be key when in such disputes, given the significant implications such disputes could potentially have for the involved parties.

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