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General advice relating to the acquisition and opration of franchises, primarily from a legal perspective.

Can You Negotiate Free Rent? It is Possible for Franchise Tenants

Free rent is just one negotiable factor in a commercial lease. Even if you did not receive a rent-free period when you signed your first lease, you may be eligible for one when you renew, although you may have to work harder to get free rent on a renewal.

Buying vs. Leasing Commercial Space: Pros and Cons for Franchise Tenants

As we explain in our new book, Negotiating Commercial Leases & Renewals FOR DUMMIES, the most common reason tenants lease space instead of buying a location is because of availability – or a lack thereof. Ninety-five percent of all commercial space is for lease and not for sale.

Standing in the Landlord's Shoes: What Landlords Want from New Franchise Tenants

Securing a commercial tenancy isn’t always an easy process. For one reason, landlords and tenants have different motivations.

AG Sessions Stresses DOJ To Hold Individuals Accountable for Corporate Misconduct

Attorney General Jeff Sessions last month emphasized the Department of Justice’s commitment to holding individuals accountable for corporate misconduct and self-reporting by culpable corporations and organizations. The AG noted that to prosecute responsible individuals, the DOJ “will work closely with our law enforcement partners, both here and abroad, to bring these persons to justice.”

Dealing with Renovations and Construction for Franchise Tenants

Prospective and new franchisees shouldn’t just stop at signing their initial commercial lease … they should start thinking ahead to their commercial lease renewal.

15 Surprising Habits of Productive People

For the many of us who feel there is room for improvement in our productivity output, here is a look at 15 surprising secrets gleaned from questioning over 200 ultra-productive people.

The Location You Lease is More Important Than the Franchise You Buy, Here's Why

When looking at franchise systems to join, potential franchisees will notice that many franchisors will operate on a “cookie cutter” system where each franchise store should more-or-less look and operate the same.

HuHot Founder Is Former Scientist, Pizza Franchisee

Linda Vap, founder, president and CEO of HuHot Mongolian Grill, started off as a scientist. She and her husband then teamed up in 1979 to become one of the first Godfather's Pizza franchisees. A leader with many years of experience on both sides of the franchise business, she shares what she's found to be important for women who aspire to lead.

NLRB Slaps Domino’s Franchisee for Making Workers Waive Rights on Class Arbitration

An NLRB administrative law judge issued a decision this month stating a Domino's franchisee entity violated the National Labor Relations Act in requiring employees as a condition of employment to agree to pursue legal disputes with the restaurant owners in binding arbitration on an individual basis, waiving their rights to pursue class and collective legal action.

The Location You Lease Is More Important than the Franchise You Buy, Here's Why

When looking at franchise systems to join, potential franchisees will notice that many franchisors will operate on a “cookie cutter” system where each franchise store should more-or-less look and operate the same.