Free Legal Assistance for Small Business Commercial Leases
Free legal assistance for small business owners is hard to find. New York City business owners just got a break on this for the negotiating of commercial leases or any lease matter. It’s better than nothing since locking in to a ten-year lease or more can be a daunting task. The new program will provide up to 40 hours of legal services to a qualifying small business owner involved in a lease-related legal issue, including:
Signing a new commercial lease
Amending, renewing, or terminating an existing commercial lease
Addressing a commercial lease-related issue
The program “will give small-business owners the help they need to resolve legal issues without driving them out of business,” said New York Mayor Bill de Blasio in a statement.
The program’s aim is to prevent small business owners and building owners from ending up in court. The city will not offer legal representation in court, according to Curbed.com.
The legal services will be offered in partnerships with:
Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A
Volunteers of Legal Services
Urban Justice Center
Businesses can learn more about the program on the Commercial Lease Assistance Program’s website (click here).
To be eligible to participate, a business must:
Meet the Small Business Administration (SBA) size standard (PDF)
Be located in New York City
Not be a franchise establishment
Meet the income eligibility requirements of the legal service provider