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THIS LEASE (this "Lease") dated this 21st day of March, 2018


______________________ of _________________________________
Telephone: ______________________   Fax: ______________________
(the "Landlord")


- AND -

______________________ of _________________________________
(the "Tenant")


IN CONSIDERATION OF the Landlord leasing certain premises to the Tenant, the Tenant leasing those premises from the Landlord and the mutual benefits and obligations set forth in this Lease, the receipt and sufficiency of which consideration is hereby acknowledged, the Parties to this Lease (the "Parties") agree as follows:

  1. Definitions
  2. When used in this Lease, the following expressions will have the meanings indicated:
    1. "Additional Rent" means all amounts payable by the Tenant under this Lease except Base Rent, whether or not specifically designated as Additional Rent elsewhere in this Lease;
    2. "Building" means all buildings, improvements, equipment, fixtures, property and facilities from time to time located at __________, as from time to time altered, expanded or reduced by the Landlord in its sole discretion;
    3. "Common Areas and Facilities" mean:
      1. those portions of the Building areas, buildings, improvements, facilities, utilities, equipment and installations in or forming part of the Building which from time to time are not designated or intended by the Landlord to be leased to tenants of the Building including, without limitation, exterior weather walls, roofs, entrances and exits, parking areas, driveways, loading docks and area, storage, mechanical and electrical rooms, areas above and below leasable premises and not included within leasable premises, security and alarm equipment, grassed and landscaped areas, retaining walls and maintenance, cleaning and operating equipment serving the Building; and
      2. those lands, areas, buildings, improvements, facilities, utilities, equipment and installations which serve or are for the useful benefit of the Building, the tenants of the Building or the Landlord and those having business with them, whether or not located within, adjacent to or near the Building and which are designated from time to time by the Landlord as part of the Common Areas and Facilities;
    4. "Leasable Area" means with respect to any rentable premises, the area expressed in square feet of all floor space including floor space of mezzanines, if any, determined, calculated and certified by the Landlord and measured from the exterior face of all exterior walls, doors and windows, including walls, doors and windows separating the rentable premises from enclosed Common Areas and Facilities, if any, and from the centre line of all interior walls separating the rentable premises from adjoining rentable premises.  There will be no deduction or exclusion for any space occupied by or used for columns, ducts or other structural elements;
    5. "Premises" means the office space at __________.
    6. "Rent" means the total of Base Rent and Additional Rent.
  3. Intent of Lease
  4. It is the intent of this Lease and agreed to by the Parties to this Lease that rent for this Lease will be on a gross rent basis meaning the Tenant will pay the Base Rent and any Additional Rent and the Landlord will be responsible for all other service charges related to the Premises and the operation of the Building save as specifically provided in this Lease to the contrary.
  5. Leased Premises
  6. The Landlord agrees to rent to the Tenant the office space municipally described as __________, (the "Premises"). The Premises will be used for only the following permitted use (the "Permitted Use"):
  7. Term
  8. The term of the Lease commences at 12:00 noon on March 21, 2018 and ends at 12:00 noon on March 21, 2018 (the "Term").
  9. Should the Tenant remain in possession of the Premises with the consent of the Landlord after the natural expiration of this Lease, a new tenancy from month to month will be created between the Landlord and the Tenant which will be subject to all the terms and conditions of this Lease but will be terminable upon either party giving one month's notice to the other party.
  10. Rent
  11. Subject to the provisions of this Lease, the Tenant will pay a base rent of $__________, payable per month, for the Premises (the "Base Rent"), without setoff, abatement or deduction. In addition to the Base Rent, the Tenant will pay for any fees or taxes arising from the Tenant's business.
  12. The Tenant will pay the Base Rent on or before the __________ of each and every month of the Term to the Landlord.
  13. No acceptance by the Landlord of any amount less than the full amount owed will be taken to operate as a waiver by the Landlord for the full amount or in any way to defeat or affect the rights and remedies of the Landlord to pursue the full amount.
  14. For any rent review negotiation, the Base Rent will be calculated as being the higher of the Base Rent payable immediately before the date of review and the Open Market Rent on the date of review.
  15. Use and Occupation
  16. The Tenant will carry on business under the name of ______________________ and will not change such name without the prior written consent of the Landlord, such consent not to be unreasonably withheld. The Tenant will open the whole of the Premises for business to the public fully fixtured, stocked and staffed on the date of commencement of the term and throughout the term, and will continuously occupy and utilize the entire Premises in the active conduct of its business in a reputable manner on such days and during such hours of business as may be determined from time to time by the Landlord.
  17. The Tenant covenants that the Tenant will carry on and conduct its business from time to time carried on upon the Premises in such manner as to comply with all statutes, bylaws, rules and regulations of any federal, provincial, municipal or other competent authority and will not do anything on or in the Premises in contravention of any of them.
  18. Option to Purchase
  19. Provided the Tenant is not currently in default in the performance of any term of this Lease, the Tenant will have the option to purchase (the "Option") the Premises for $__________ (the "Purchase Price"). The Landlord and Tenant will each select their own appraiser. If this option has been exercised, the Parties to this Lease may enter into a separate agreement to purchase the Premises. This agreement will incorporate all the key points provided in this option.
  20. In consideration for the Landlord granting the Tenant this Option, the Tenant will pay the Landlord the sum of $__________ (the "Option Fee") during the execution of the Lease.
  21. This Option may be exercised at any time after March 21, 2018 and prior to the end of the original term of this Lease.  Upon expiration of the Option, the Landlord will be released from all obligations to sell the Premises to the Tenant. If the Tenant does not exercise the Option prior to its expiration, the Option Fee and all rents and other charges paid under this Lease will be retained by the Landlord, and neither party will have any further rights or claims against each other concerning the Option.  In the event the Option is exercised, the Option Fee paid by the Tenant to the Landlord will be credited towards the total of the Purchase Price.
  22. The Option will be exercised by mailing or delivering written notice to the Landlord prior to the expiration of this Option. Notice, if mailed will be by certified mail, postage prepaid, to the Landlord at the following address: ______________________ _________________________________ ______________________ ______________________ and will be deemed to have been given on the date shown on the postmark of the envelope in which such notice is mailed.
  23. The Tenant may not assign any rights under this Option separately from all of the Tenant's other rights under this Lease. No assignment may be made without the Landlord's prior written consent.
  24. The Landlord warrants to the Tenant that the Landlord is the legal owner of the Premises and has the legal right to sell the Premises  under the terms and conditions of this Lease.
  25. If the Option is exercised, the following provisions will be applicable:
    1. The Tenant will take title to the Premises subject to any of the following exceptions (the "Permitted Exceptions"):
      1. real estate taxes not yet due at the time of closing;
      2. covenants, conditions, zoning laws and ordinances, reservations, rights, public and private easements then on record, if any; and
      3. liens or encumbrances involving an ascertainable amount that will be paid off or removed by the Landlord upon the closing of this purchase.
    2. Unless otherwise extended by other terms of this Lease, the closing will be held within the latter of  from exercise of the Option or the removal of any exceptions, outside of the Permitted Exceptions, to the title by the Landlord.
    3. Rents, real estate taxes and other expenses of the Premises will be prorated as of the date of the closing date. Security deposits, advance rentals or considerations involving future lease credits will be credited to the Tenant.
    4. The Parties acknowledge that the availability of financing and purchase costs cannot be guaranteed. The Parties agree that these items will not be conditions of performance of this Lease or this Option and the Parties agree they have not relied upon any other representations or warranties by brokers, sellers or any other parties which are not set out in this Lease.
    5. No later than 30 days from the exercise of this Option, the Landlord will provide the Tenant the following documents (the "Seller Disclosure"):
      1. a property condition disclosure, signed and dated by the Landlord;
      2. a commitment for the policy of title insurance; and
      3. written notice of any claims and/or conditions known to the Landlord relating to environmental problems or building or zoning code violations.
    6. The Tenant has 45 days from the date of receipt of the Seller Disclosure to examine the title to the Premises and to report, in writing, any valid objections. Any exceptions to the title which would be disclosed by examination of the records will be deemed to have been accepted unless reported in writing within 45 days. If the Tenant objects to any exceptions to the title, the Landlord will use all due diligence to remove such exceptions at the Landlord's own expense within 60 days. But if such exceptions cannot be removed within the 60 days allowed, all rights and obligations under this Option may, at the election of the Tenant, terminate and end unless the Tenant elects to purchase the Premises subject to such exceptions.
    7. Upon the completion of the closing, all rights and obligations under the Lease (other than the Option) will cease to exist and the Parties will have no further rights or claims against each other concerning the Lease.
  26. Quiet Enjoyment
  27. The Landlord covenants that on paying the Rent and performing the covenants contained in this Lease, the Tenant will peacefully and quietly have, hold, and enjoy the Premises for the agreed term.
  28. Distress
  29. If and whenever the Tenant is in default in payment of any money, whether hereby expressly reserved or deemed as rent, or any part of the rent, the Landlord may, without notice or any form of legal process, enter upon the Premises and seize, remove and sell the Tenant's goods, chattels and equipment from the Premises or seize, remove and sell any goods, chattels and equipment at any place to which the Tenant or any other person may have removed them, in the same manner as if they had remained and been distrained upon the Premises, all notwithstanding any rule of law or equity to the contrary, and the Tenant hereby waives and renounces the benefit of any present or future statute or law limiting or eliminating the Landlord's right of distress.
  30. Overholding
  31. If the Tenant continues to occupy the Premises without the written consent of the Landlord after the expiration or other termination of the term, then, without any further written agreement, the Tenant will be a month-to-month tenant at a minimum monthly rental equal to twice the Base Rent and subject always to all of the other provisions of this Lease insofar as the same are applicable to a month-to-month tenancy and a tenancy from year to year will not be created by implication of law.
  32. Additional Rights on Reentry
  33. If the Landlord reenters the Premises or terminates this Lease, then:
    1. notwithstanding any such termination or the term thereby becoming forfeited and void, the provisions of this Lease relating to the consequences of termination will survive;
    2. the Landlord may use such reasonable force as it may deem necessary for the purpose of gaining admittance to and retaking possession of the Premises and the Tenant hereby releases the Landlord from all actions, proceedings, claims and demands whatsoever for and in respect of any such forcible entry or any loss or damage in connection therewith or consequential thereupon;
    3. the Landlord may expel and remove, forcibly, if necessary, the Tenant, those claiming under the Tenant and their effects, as allowed by law, without being taken or deemed to be guilty of any manner of trespass;
    4. in the event that the Landlord has removed the property of the Tenant, the Landlord may store such property in a public warehouse or at a place selected by the Landlord, at the expense of the Tenant.  If the Landlord feels that it is not worth storing such property given its value and the cost to store it, then the Landlord may dispose of such property in its sole discretion and use such funds, if any, towards any indebtedness of the Tenant to the Landlord.  The Landlord will not be responsible to the Tenant for the disposal of such property other than to provide any balance of the proceeds to the Tenant after paying any storage costs and any amounts owed by the Tenant to the Landlord;
    5. the Landlord may relet the Premises or any part of the Premises for a term or terms which may be less or greater than the balance of the Term remaining and may grant reasonable concessions in connection with such reletting including any alterations and improvements to the Premises;
    6. after reentry, the Landlord may procure the appointment of a receiver to take possession and collect rents and profits of the business of the Tenant, and, if necessary to collect the rents and profits the receiver may carry on the business of the Tenant and take possession of the personal property used in the business of the Tenant, including inventory, trade fixtures, and furnishings, and use them in the business without compensating the Tenant;
    7. after reentry, the Landlord may terminate the Lease on giving 5 days written notice of termination to the Tenant.  Without this notice, reentry of the Premises by the Landlord or its agents will not terminate this Lease;
    8. the Tenant will pay to the Landlord on demand:
      1. all rent, Additional Rent and other amounts payable under this Lease up to the time of reentry or termination, whichever is later;
      2. reasonable expenses as the Landlord incurs or has incurred in connection with the reentering, terminating, reletting, collecting sums due or payable by the Tenant, realizing upon assets seized; including without limitation, brokerage, fees and expenses and legal fees and disbursements and the expenses of keeping the Premises in good order, repairing the same and preparing them for reletting; and
      3. as liquidated damages for the loss of rent and other income of the Landlord expected to be derived from this Lease during the period which would have constituted the unexpired portion of the term had it not been terminated, at the option of the Landlord, either:
        1. an amount determined by reducing to present worth at an assumed interest rate of twelve percent (12%) per annum all Base Rent and estimated Additional Rent to become payable during the period which would have constituted the unexpired portion of the term, such determination to be made by the Landlord, who may make reasonable estimates of when any such other amounts would have become payable and may make such other assumptions of the facts as may be reasonable in the circumstances; or
        2. an amount equal to the Base Rent and estimated Additional Rent for a period of six (6) months.
  34. Tenant Improvements
  35. The Tenant will obtain written permission from the Landlord before doing any of the following:
    1. painting, wallpapering, redecorating or in any way significantly altering the appearance of the Premises;
    2. removing or adding walls, or performing any structural alterations;
    3. changing the amount of heat or power normally used on the Premises as well as installing additional electrical wiring or heating units;
    4. subject to this Lease, placing or exposing or allowing to be placed or exposed anywhere inside or outside the Premises any placard, notice or sign for advertising or any other purpose;
    5. affixing to or erecting upon or near the Premises any radio or TV antenna or tower, or satellite dish; or
    6. installing or affixing upon or near the Premises any plant, equipment, machinery or apparatus without the Landlord's prior consent.
  36. Utilities and Other Costs
  37. Insurance
  38. Abandonment
  39. If at any time during the Term, the Tenant abandons the Premises or any part of the Premises, the Landlord may, at its option, enter the Premises by any means without being liable for any prosecution for such entering, and without becoming liable to the Tenant for damages or for any payment of any kind whatever, and may, at the Landlord's discretion, as agent for the Tenant, relet the Premises, or any part of the Premises, for the whole or any part of the then unexpired term, and may receive and collect all rent payable by virtue of such reletting, and, at the Landlord's option, hold the Tenant liable for any difference between the Rent that would have been payable under this Lease during the balance of the unexpired term, if this Lease had continued in force, and the net rent for such period realized by the Landlord by means of the reletting.  If the Landlord's right of reentry is exercised following abandonment of the premises by the Tenant, then the Landlord may consider any personal property belonging to the Tenant and left on the Premises to also have been abandoned, in which case the Landlord may dispose of all such personal property in any manner the Landlord will deem proper and is relieved of all liability for doing so.
  40. Governing Law
  41. It is the intention of the Parties to this Lease that the tenancy created by this Lease and the performance under this Lease, and all suits and special proceedings under this Lease, be construed in accordance with and governed, to the exclusion of the law of any other forum, by the laws of the Province of Alberta, without regard to the jurisdiction in which any action or special proceeding may be instituted.
  42. Severability
  43. If there is a conflict between any provision of this Lease and the applicable legislation of the Province of Alberta (the 'Act'), the Act will prevail and such provisions of the Lease will be amended or deleted as necessary in order to comply with the Act. Further, any provisions that are required by the Act are incorporated into this Lease.
  44. Assignment and Subletting
  45. The Tenant will not assign this Lease, or sublet or grant any concession or license to use the Premises or any part of the Premises.  An assignment, subletting, concession, or license, whether by operation of law or otherwise, will be void and will, at Landlord's option, terminate this Lease.
  46. Bulk Sale
  47. No bulk sale of goods and assets of the Tenant may take place without first obtaining the written consent of the Landlord, which consent will not be unreasonably withheld so long as the Tenant and the Purchaser are able to provide the Landlord with assurances, in a form satisfactory to the Landlord, that the Tenant’s obligations in this Lease will continue to be performed and respected, in the manner satisfactory to the Landlord, after completion of the said bulk sale.
  48. Where the Premises has its own sidewalk, entrance, driveway or parking space which is for the exclusive use of the Tenant and its guests, the Tenant will keep the sidewalk, entrance, driveway or parking space clean, tidy and free of objectionable material including dirt, debris, snow and ice.
  49. Where the Premises has its own garden or grass area which is for the exclusive use of the Tenant and its guests, the Tenant will water, fertilize, weed, cut and otherwise maintain the garden or grass area in a reasonable condition including any trees or shrubs in or about the Premises.
  50. The Tenant will also perform the following maintenance in respect to the Premises: ___________________________________________________________
  51. Care and Use of Premises
  52. The Tenant will promptly notify the Landlord of any damage, or of any situation that may significantly interfere with the normal use of the Premises.
  53. The Tenant will not make (or allow to be made) any noise or nuisance which, in the reasonable opinion of the Landlord, disturbs the comfort or convenience of other tenants.
  54. The Tenant will not engage in any illegal trade or activity on or about the Premises.
  55. The Landlord and Tenant will comply with standards of health, sanitation, fire, housing and safety as required by law.
  56. Surrender of Premises
  57. At the expiration of the lease term, the Tenant will quit and surrender the Premises in as good a state and condition as they were at the commencement of this Lease, reasonable use and wear and damages by the elements excepted.
  58. Hazardous Materials
  59. The Tenant will not keep or have on the Premises any article or thing of a dangerous, flammable, or explosive character that might unreasonably increase the danger of fire on the Premises or that might be considered hazardous by any responsible insurance company.
  60. Rules and Regulations
  61. The Tenant will obey all rules and regulations posted by the Landlord regarding the use and care of the Building, parking lot and other common facilities that are provided for the use of the Tenant in and around the Building on the Premises.
  62. General Provisions
  63. Any waiver by the Landlord of any failure by the Tenant to perform or observe the provisions of this Lease will not operate as a waiver of the Landlord's rights under this Lease in respect of any subsequent defaults, breaches or nonperformance and will not defeat or affect in any way the Landlord's rights in respect of any subsequent default or breach.
  64. This Lease will extend to and be binding upon and inure to the benefit of the respective heirs, executors, administrators, successors and assigns, as the case may be, of each party to this Lease.   All covenants are to be construed as conditions of this Lease.
  65. All sums payable by the Tenant to the Landlord pursuant to any provision of this Lease will be deemed to be Additional Rent and will be recoverable by the Landlord as rental arrears.
  66. Where there is more than one Tenant executing this Lease, all Tenants are jointly and severally liable for each other's acts, omissions and liabilities pursuant to this Lease.
  67. Time is of the essence in this Lease.
  68. This Lease will constitute the entire agreement between the Landlord and the Tenant.  Any prior understanding or representation of any kind preceding the date of this Lease will not be binding on either party to this Lease except to the extent incorporated in this Lease. In particular, no warranties of the Landlord not expressed in this Lease are to be implied.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF the Parties to this Lease have duly affixed their signatures under hand and seal, or by a duly authorized officer under seal, on this 21st day of March, 2018.


______________________ (Landlord)



______________________ (Tenant)


Commercial Lease Agreement

What is a Commercial Lease Agreement?

A Commercial Lease Agreement, also known as a business lease, is a contract between a landlord/property manager and a business, outlining the terms of a commercial tenancy, whereby the tenant is renting space from a landlord for the purpose of conducting business.

What types of commercial property can this lease be used for?

This Commercial Lease Agreement can be used for office spaces, industrial facilities or warehouses, retail stores or restaurants, as well as storage, hotel, or medical buildings.

When should I use a Commercial Lease?

Whenever you are leasing commercial property to a business tenant, a written Commercial Lease Agreement should be used to specify the terms of the tenancy. A Commercial Lease lists the landlord's and the tenant's obligations to ensure there is no misunderstanding or ambiguity between the parties.

How do I create a Commercial Lease Agreement?

A Commercial Lease Agreement differs from a Residential Rental Agreement in a few ways, most notably that the property is used for business activities.

Here are some of the important considerations to keep in mind when creating your Commercial Lease:

Tenant's Permitted Use of the Property: In a business lease, it should state what type of business the tenant is allowed to conduct on the premises, as per the landlord's consent. The landlord may also grant or choose not to grant exclusive rights to that business type (e.g. accounting services) in the building if there is more than one tenant. Any change in the type of business the tenant conducts needs to be approved by the landlord.

Lease Term: There are various lease terms available to use in your Commercial Lease:

  • Fixed end date: A fixed end date lists a specific date when the tenancy will end.
  • Fixed weeks/months/years: A fixed week/month/year specifies a certain period of time that the lease will continue. It ends on the date specified, whereby the landlord cannot change any lease terms unless agreed to by both parties.
  • Periodic/Automatic Renewal: A periodic lease term automatically renews every week/month/year indefinitely until one of the parties gives notice and terminates the lease.

Rent, Operating, and Utility Payments: The landlord should consider how much rent to charge, when rent is due, if there is a fee for late payments, the security deposit amount, and if utility/operating costs are included in the rent price or paid in part by the tenant.

Tax: The landlord may choose to charge the tenant a portion of the property taxes.

Insurance: The landlord can specify who will cover the tenant's contents, the landlord's contents, the leased premises, and personal injury insurance for the property.

Improvements and Chattels: This term involves whether the tenant is able to make improvements to the property, and if improvements are required by the landlord. Also, if chattels (e.g. non-fixed furniture, curtains, etc.) are provided by the landlord or tenant.

Other: The landlord can make additional considerations in the lease, including notices for tenant defaults, sublease and assignment terms, other permissions (such as pets), parking, attorney fees, option to renew, and more.

Related Documents:

  • Commercial Rental Application: an application form for landlords to collect a prospective business tenant's information prior to leasing
  • Commercial Sublease Agreement: an agreement that is used by a business tenant to transfer the remainder of the business lease obligations to a third party, known as a subtenant
  • Eviction and Lease Notices: notices for landlords to serve to tenants, including Notice to Quit, Notice to Pay Rent or Quit, Notice of Lease Violation, Notice of Termination, and Notice to Increase Rent

Frequently Asked Questions:

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