Vanessa DE HAPPI is our exclusively recommended Leasing Law expert in Cameroon on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Vanessa directly using the contact details listed above.
A lease is a contract outlining the terms under which one party agrees to rent property owned by another party. It guarantees the lessee, also known as the tenant, use of an asset and guarantees the lessor, the property owner or landlord, regular payments for a specified period in exchange. Both the lessee and the lessor face consequences if they fail to uphold the terms of the contract. It is a form of incorporeal right.
Leases are legal and binding contracts that set forth the terms of rental agreements in real estate and real and personal property. These contracts stipulate the duties of each party to effect and maintain the agreement and are enforceable by each. For example, a residential property lease includes the address of the property, landlord responsibilities, and tenant responsibilities, such as the rent amount, a required security deposit, rent due date, consequences for breach of contract, the duration of the lease, pet policies, and any other essential information.
Not all leases are designed the same, but there are some common features: rent amount, due date, lessee and lessor, etc. The landlord requires the tenant to sign the lease, thereby agreeing to its terms before occupying the property. Leases for commercial properties, on the other hand, are usually negotiated in accordance with the specific lessee and typically run from one to 10 years, with larger tenants often having longer, complex lease agreements. The landlord and tenant should retain a copy of the lease for their records. This is especially helpful when disputes arise.