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    Is an Offer to Lease a Binding Agreement?

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    Is an Offer to Lease the same as a Lease Agreement?

    Often, we receive questions from commercial clients asking if they can walk away from a lease when a formal lease agreement has yet to be signed. On the other hand, a commercial tenant will sign paperwork believing they have signed a lease agreement when it is an Offer to Lease and they would like to know their rights where the landlord is requesting to terminate. There is no blanket answer to either inquiry but it is settled law in Canada that an Offer to Lease, once signed by all parties, constitutes a binding agreement.

    What makes an Offer to Lease enforceable?

    For an Offer to Lease to be legally binding, it must set out all the relevant information pertaining to the lease. Below are items that, when included in an Offer to Lease, strengthen the argument that an Offer to Lease is binding and enforceable:

    1. Parties: proper names of all the parties involved in the agreement.
    2. Premises: the details of the areas to be leased, together with rights to other areas such as parking, common space, washrooms, etc.
    3. Term: the commencement date and expiry of the term, along with any rules pertaining to an extension or a renewal of the term.
    4. Rent: the amount of gross rent and any increases that are involved or anticipated during the term, as well as any other fees that shall be borne by the tenant. Examples include maintenance fees, waste collection and disposal fees, utilities, snow removal, etc.

    If you and a commercial landlord or tenant have questions about commercial lease agreements, contact the Business Law Team at Merovitz Potechin LLP.

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    Jennyfer Kinnell

    Posted By: Jennyfer Kinnell of Merovitz Potechin LLP


    Jennyfer Kinnell is a highly skilled Corporate Lawyer at Merovitz Potechin LLP, specializing in business law, corporate transactions, and commercial leasing. Her extensive experience and commitment to her field have made her a respected authority in the legal community.

    Jennyfer specializes in the meticulous drafting, review, and negotiation of various commercial contracts, including license agreements, reseller agreements, service agreements, technology development agreements, and non-disclosure agreements. She manages the entire lifecycle of corporate and commercial transactions, from initiation to closure, with a keen focus on due diligence and precision.

    In addition to her contract work, Jennyfer is instrumental in establishing and maintaining standardized agreements, policies, and procedures that adhere to current legal standards and industry best practices. She proactively monitors evolving legal trends and risks to safeguard clients’ interests.

    Clients seek Jennyfer’s counsel for expert advice on legal risks, where she excels in proposing innovative solutions. Her strategic expertise covers general corporate matters, acquisitions, securities, and a comprehensive range of corporate services, including incorporations, dissolutions, governance, shareholder agreements, and share transactions.

    Jennyfer is also a trusted advisor in commercial leasing, representing both landlords and tenants. Her deep knowledge in lease negotiation and drafting secures favorable terms and provides crucial support in leasing-related matters.

    Combining legal proficiency with a practical approach, Jennyfer enables clients to pursue their strategic objectives while minimizing legal exposure. Her unwavering commitment to excellence and upholding the highest legal standards solidify her reputation as a valuable asset to our firm and clients.

    When working with Jennyfer Kinnell, you can trust that she brings an exceptional level of expertise and professionalism to address any corporate legal challenge effectively.