Rental Agreements And Leases

Zacks, Freedman & Patterson, PC is one of the leading law firms in San Francisco for commercial and residential landlord-tenant issues. We have provided guidance to landlords for over 25 years. Our firm can assist you in preparing a rental agreement or lease that meets your needs and also complies with federal, state and local laws. A solid and well thought out agreement is the most important safeguard of a landlord, or a tenant's interests. We have extensive experience in drafting and negotiating leases for both Bay Area residential landlords, as well as for commercial tenants and landlords.

Residential Rental Agreements

California law makes it very difficult to raise the rents or eviction residential tenants in rent-controlled jurisdictions. It is important that any rental agreement you have with a new tenant is drafted in compliance with the laws, but also protects your rights as the landlord.

While inexpensive residential leases are available from several sources, Bay Area landlords should generally avoid these at all costs. The provisions in over-the-counter agreements rarely address the particular aspects of local rent ordinances, and landlords hoping to save money by using these types of forms oftentimes losing far more in the future by virtue of not having particularized language in their agreements to protect them.

We strongly advise that landlords in San Francisco have San Francisco-specific leases, as well as in other cities with rent control, and that they consult with an attorney before entering into or using a new agreement. Sometimes, however, prevention is not possible, and as a result, a large part of our practice involves assisting landlords who have either inherited or otherwise become entangled in problems resulting from inadequate agreements. Our vast experience in this area of the law allows us to provide Bay Area landlords with valuable and up-to-date advice and materials.

Commercial Leases

Commercial leases are often very complex with several different documents making up the entire agreement. It is important to have an attorney review these documents before you enter into a commercial lease to ensure that you are protected, that risks are appropriately allocated between the landlord and tenant, and that as many of the future unknowns are accounted for as possible. We can also help you negotiate the terms of such an agreement with the other party.

Experienced Landlord-Tenant Attorneys

Our experienced landlord-tenant attorneys have worked on a wide variety of landlord-tenant issues and are knowledgeable of the federal, state or local laws applicable to residential and commercial leases. Our attorneys know the rules and potential pitfalls, having fought cases in court that result from them, and can offer you the insight to help you draft a lease or rental agreement that complies with the law, is advantageous to you and protects your interests.

Our Rental Agreement and Lease Services include:

  • Draft rental agreements and leases, including amendments and addendums to leases.
  • Review rental agreements and leases for compliance with federal, state and local laws.
  • Explain which terms should be included in your lease to best protect your rights.
  • Provide advice regarding compliance with local ordinances, including local rent control ordinances.
  • Negotiation services regarding new rental agreements, leases, amendments and addendums to leases.

Our lawyers are well-versed in the requirements of rent-controlled jurisdictions, as well as in general throughout California. We can help navigate and explain what those requirements are, and help you comply with them while protecting your rights and interests.

Contact Zacks, Freedman & Patterson, PC, for advice regarding your residential and commercial leases. To schedule a consultation, contact us online or call 415-956-8100. We can assist you with preparation of rental agreements and leases.