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Leasing & Landlord / Tenant

Even in the digital age, businesses and individuals need a physical place to call home. At the same time, many business owners don't have the time, resources or interest to establish that home base on real estate they own. For those people, leasing and landlord-tenant law become relevant.

The attorneys at Wolcott Rivers Gates understand commercial and residential leasing law in Hampton Roads. We represent both landlords and tenants in the negotiation, drafting and enforcement of leases. Whether the transaction or the dispute involves a multi-year ground lease or a short-term vacation rental, we can help you achieve your goals and protect your rights in the transaction.

Solutions and Preventative Measures

Leasing involves more than the rent and length of the term. At Wolcott Rivers Gates, we offer solutions to legal issues that commonly arise within the landlord/tenant relationship, including:

  • Tenant rights and improvements/alterations

  • Maintenance and repair

  • Common area maintenance, operating expenses and other pass-throughs

  • Destruction and condemnation of premises

  • Premises expansion or relocation

  • Assignment and subletting

  • Leasehold financing

  • Nuisance

  • Zoning, environmental and use restrictions

  • Tenant screenings

  • Litigation

  • Evictions