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Office Lease

1. Identification of Parties. This Lease is made [date] between [name], whose address is [address] (Landlord), and [name], whose present address is [address] (Tenant).

2. Description of Leased Premises. The premises leased by Landlord to Tenant is Suite [number] on the [number] floor of the Building located at [address].

3. Term. The term of this Lease shall be for [number] years starting at 12:01 AM on [date], and ending at noon on [date].

4. Tenant's Business. Tenant shall use the premises for an office for [activities to be carried on] and for no other purpose.

5. Rent. The annual rent for the premises is ---------- dollars ($----------) for the first year of the term, ---------- dollars ($----------) for the second year of the term, and ---------- dollars ($----------) for each remaining year of the term. The annual rent shall be paid in twelve equal monthly installments on the first day of each month. Landlord acknowledges receipt of ---------- dollars ($----------) for rent for the first month of the term. Rent shall be paid to Landlord at the address set out in this Lease or such address as Landlord may designate in writing.

6. Failure to Give Possession. If Landlord cannot give Tenant possession of the premises on the first day of the term for any reason, Tenant is relieved of the obligation to pay rent until possession is delivered. However, if possession is not delivered within [number] days from the first day of the term, Tenant may give Landlord notice of Tenant's intent to terminate the Lease. If Landlord does not give Tenant possession of the premises within [number] days after Landlord's receipt of the notice, this Lease shall terminate, and Landlord shall return to Tenant all sums that Tenant has paid to Landlord pursuant to this Lease. Upon payment of these sums, neither party shall have any rights or obligations with regard to the other.

7. Tenant's Care. Tenant will commit no act of waste, will take good care of the premises, and will comply with all laws, regulations, rules, and orders of any federal, state, or local government agencies or departments. Tenant will not abandon the premises and will do nothing that could increase the cost of Landlord's fire or public liability insurance.

8. Repairs. Landlord will make all necessary repairs to the premises at Landlord's expense except when the repairs are needed because of misuse or neglect by Tenant or by persons under Tenant's control or on the premises at Tenant's invitation, in which event, Tenant shall make those repairs at Tenant's own expense.

9. Improvements. Without Landlord's written consent, Tenant shall not alter, add to, or improve the premises. All improvements made by Tenant that cannot be removed without material harm to the premises shall be Landlord's property upon installation. All improvements that do not become Landlord's property and all of Tenant's personal property shall be removed by Tenant before the termination of this Lease. Tenant, at the same time, shall repair any injury done to the premises in connection with the installation and removal of the improvements and the personal property. Tenant shall surrender the premises in the same condition as they were at beginning of the term, reasonable wear and tear and injury caused by conditions or events beyond Tenant's control excepted.

10. Abandoned Property. All of Tenant's property remaining on the premises after this Lease terminates shall be deemed abandoned and may be removed or stored by Landlord at Tenant's risk and expense.

11. Assignment or Subletting. Tenant shall not assign or encumber this Lease or sublet the premises, except that if Tenant is a corporation, Tenant may assign this lease or sublet the premises to its parent or subsidiary or to a corporation with which it has consolidated or into which it has merged.

[Alternative Paragraph]

11. Assignment or Subletting. Tenant shall not assign or encumber this Lease or sublet the premises without Landlord's written consent, which consent shall not be unreasonably withheld. Should the Lease be assigned or the premises sublet as provided in this Paragraph, Tenant shall remain primarily liable on this Lease, but Landlord, at Landlord's option, may demand payment of rent from Tenant and/or Tenant's assignees or sublessees.

12. Rules and Regulations. Tenant shall comply with the rules and regulations that are set out at the end of this Lease and such other rules and regulations as Landlord may reasonably formulate and give Tenant notice of during the term of this Lease.

13. Services. Landlord shall furnish the following services:

(a) adequate passenger and freight service at all times; (b) heat when and as required by law; (c) hot and cold water for lavatory purposes; (d) customary cleaning services; (e) electricity for usual office needs;

and (f) air conditioning from ______ to ______ from [hour] AM to [hour] PM, Monday through Friday, and to [hour] PM on Saturday.

14. Damage to Building. If the Building is damaged by fire or any other cause, so that the cost of restoration, as reasonably estimated by Landlord, equals or exceeds ---------- percent (----------%) of the Building's replacement value (exclusive of foundations) just prior to the damage, then Landlord may, no later than [number] days following the damage, give Tenant notice of election to terminate this Lease. If the cost of restoration equals or exceeds ---------- percent (----------%) of the replacement value and if the premises are not reasonably usable for the purposes for which they are leased, Tenant may, no later than [number] days following the damage, give Landlord notice of election to terminate this Lease. In the event of either of these elections, this Lease shall terminate on the [number] day after the giving of notice, and Tenant shall surrender possession of the premises within a reasonable time. The rent shall be apportioned as of the date of the surrender, and any rent paid for any period beyond that date shall be repaid to Tenant. If the cost of restoration as estimated by Landlord amounts to less than ---------- percent (----------%) of the replacement value of the Building, or if despite the cost Landlord does not elect to terminate this Lease, Landlord shall restore the Building and the premises with reasonable promptness, subject to delays in the making of insurance adjustments by Landlord, and Tenant shall have no right to terminate this Lease except as provided in this Paragraph. Landlord need not restore fixtures and

improvements owned by Tenant.

In any case in which use of the premises is affected by any damage to the Building, there shall be either an abatement or an equitable reduction in rent depending on the period for which and the extent to which the premises are not reasonably usable for the purposes for which they are leased. If the damage results from Tenant's fault or by persons under Tenant's control or on the premises at Tenant's invitation, Tenant shall not be entitled to any abatement or reduction of rent, except to the extent that Landlord receives the proceeds of rent insurance in lieu of rent.

15. Taking by Eminent Domain. If there is any taking by eminent domain that materially affects Tenant's use of the premises, this Lease shall terminate when title vests in the authority exercising the right of eminent domain. The rent shall be apportioned as of the day of termination, and any rent paid for a period beyond that date shall be repaid to Tenant. Tenant shall not be entitled to any part of the award to Landlord for the taking but Tenant may file a claim for an award on Tenant's behalf.

16. Landlord's Remedies. If Tenant defaults in the payment of rent or in the performance of any of the covenants or conditions of this Lease, Landlord may give Tenant notice of the default. If Tenant does not cure any rent default within [number] days or any other default within [number] days, after the giving of notice (or, if the default is such that it cannot be completely cured within [number] days, if Tenant does not begin curing the default within [number] days and proceed with reasonable diligence and in good faith to cure the default), Landlord may terminate this Lease on not less than [number] days notice to Tenant. On the date specified in the notice, this Lease shall terminate, and Tenant shall at once quit and surrender the premises to Landlord. If this Lease is terminated by Landlord, Landlord may thereafter resume possession of the premises by any lawful means and remove Tenant or other occupants and their property.

17. Reletting Surrendered Premises. If Landlord has recovered possession of the premises by reason of Tenant's default, Landlord may, at Landlord's option, occupy the premises or redecorate, alter, or divide the premises, or consolidate them with other adjoining premises for reletting. Landlord may relet the premises or any part of them as Tenant's agent, for a term or terms to expire before, at the same time as, or after the original expiration date of this Lease. Landlord may receive the rent and apply it first to the payment of Landlord's expenses in connection with the recovery of possession, redecorating, altering, dividing, or consolidating with other adjoining premises and reletting, including brokerage and reasonable attorney fees, and then to the payment of damages in amounts equal to the rent under this Lease and to the cost and expense of performing Tenant's other covenants. Tenant agrees, whether or not Landlord has relet, to pay to Landlord damages equal to the rent and other sums to be paid by Tenant under this Lease, less the net proceeds of the reletting as ascertained from time to time. These sums shall be payable by Tenant on the first day of each month or as demanded by Landlord. In reletting the premises, Landlord may grant rent concessions, and Tenant shall not be credited with them. No reletting shall constitute a surrender and acceptance or be deemed evidence of one. If Landlord elects to actually occupy and use the premises or any part of them for Landlord's purposes during any part of the balance of the term of this Lease, there shall be allowed against Tenant's obligation for rent or damages during the period of Landlord's occupancy the reasonable value of the occupancy, not to exceed the rent set out in this Lease, and the occupancy shall not be construed as a release of Tenant's liability hereunder. Tenant waives all right of redemption to which Tenant might be entitled by any law now or hereafter in force. Landlord's remedies set out in this Paragraph are in addition to any remedy allowed by law.

18. Waiver of Performance. Either party's failure to insist on strict performance of any part of this Lease, or to exercise any option, shall not be construed as a waiver of the performance in any

other instance. This Lease cannot be orally changed or terminated.

19. Subordination. This lease is subject and subordinate to all underlying leases and to mortgages that may at any time affect such

leases or the real property of which the premises form a part, and also to all renewals, modifications, consolidations, and replacements of the underlying leases and mortgages, Although no instrument or act on the part of Tenant is needed to effectuate such subordination, Tenant will, nevertheless, execute and deliver any instruments confirming the subordination of this Lease that the holders of the mortgages or any of the lessors under the underlying leases may request. Tenant appoints Landlord Tenant's attorney-in-fact, irrevocably, to execute and deliver any such instrument for Tenant. If any underlying lease to which this Lease is subject terminates, Tenant shall on timely request agree to the assignment of this Lease to the owner of the reversion.

20. Security Deposit. Tenant has deposited with Landlord on the signing of this Lease the sum of ---------- dollars ($----------) as security for the performance of all of Tenant's obligations under this Lease. If Landlord applies any part of the deposit to cure any default of Tenant, Tenant shall upon demand deposit with Landlord the amount applied so that Landlord shall have the full deposit on hand at all times during the term of this Lease. The security will be placed by Landlord in a separate account with the [bank], located at [address]. The security deposit together with interest of ----------

percent (----------%) per annum shall be returned to Tenant upon the termination of this Lease, less any sums applied by Landlord to cure any default of Tenant.

21. Landlord May Cure Defaults. If Tenant defaults in the performance of any covenant or condition of this Lease, Landlord may, on reasonable notice to Tenant (except that no notice need be given in case of emergency), cure the default at Tenant's expense and the reasonable amount of all expenses, including attorney fees, incurred by Landlord (whether paid by Landlord or not) shall be deemed additional rent payable on demand.

22. Caveat, Lien. Tenant shall, within [number] days after notice from Landlord, discharge any caveat and/or lien for materials or labour claimed to have been furnished to the premises on Tenant's


23. Notices. Any notice by either party to the other shall be in writing and shall be deemed to be properly given only if delivered personally or mailed by registered or certified mail, return receipt requested, addressed (a) if to Tenant, at the Building; (b) if to Landlord, at Landlord's address Set out in this Lease; or (c) at such addresses as Tenant or Landlord from time to time may designate in writing. Notice shall be deemed to have been given upon delivery if delivered personally, and it mailed, upon the third day after the date of mailing.

24. Landlord's Right to Inspect Premises. Landlord may enter the premises at any reasonable time on reasonable notice to Tenant (except that no notice is needed in case of emergency) to inspect the premises or make those repairs, replacements, and additions to the premises or the Building, as Landlord deems necessary or desirable. Tenant shall have no claim or cause of action against Landlord solely for entering the premises in accordance with this Paragraph.

25. Interruption of Services or of Occupancy. Interruption or curtailment of any service maintained in the Building if caused by strikes, mechanical difficulties, or any other causes beyond Landlord's control shall not entitle Tenant to any claim against Landlord or to any abatement in rent, nor shall they constitute constructive or partial eviction, unless Landlord fails to take measures that are reasonable in the circumstances to restore the service without undue delay. If the premises become untenantable in whole or in part, for a period of more than [number] business days, by the making of repairs, replacements, or additions, other than those made with Tenant's consent or by persons under Tenant's control or on the premises at Tenant's invitation, there shall be a proportionate abatement of rent during the period of untenantability.

26. Elements of Constructive Eviction. Tenant shall not be entitled to claim a constructive eviction from the premises unless Tenant shall have first notified Landlord in writing of the condition giving rise to the claim and, if the complaints are justified, unless Landlord fails to remedy the condition within a reasonable time after receipt of the notice.

27. No Representations. Neither party has made any representations or promises, other than those contained in this Lease or in some further writing signed by the party making the representation or promise.

28. Covenant of Quiet Enjoyment. Landlord covenants that as long as Tenant pays the rent and any additional rent required under this Lease and performs Tenant's covenants, Tenant shall peaceably and quietly have, hold, and enjoy the premises for the term provided, subject to the provisions of this Lease.

29. Tenant to Execute Estoppel Certificate. Tenant shall as requested but upon not less than [number] days prior written request by Landlord, execute, acknowledge, and deliver to Landlord a written statement certifying that this Lease is unmodified and in full force and effect (or that the lease is in full force and effect as modified, listing the instruments of modification), the dates to which the rent and other charges have been paid, and whether or not to the best of Tenant's knowledge Landlord is in default (and if so, specifying the nature of the default), it being intended that any statement delivered pursuant to this Paragraph of the Lease may be relied upon by a prospective purchaser or mortgagee of Landlord's interest in the Building or prospective assignee of any mortgage upon Landlord's interest in the Building.

30. Waiver of Jury Trial. To the extent waiver is permitted by law, the parties waive trial by jury in any action or proceeding brought in connection with this Lease or the premises.

31. Captions. The captions in this Lease are included for convenience only and shall not be taken into consideration in any construction or interpretation of this Lease or any of its provisions.

32. Showing Premises. Landlord may show the premises to prospective purchasers and mortgagees and, during the [number] months prior to termination of this Lease, to prospective tenants, during business hours upon reasonable notice to Tenant.

33. Lease Binding on Successors, Representatives, and Assigns. The provisions of this Lease shall apply to, bind, and inure to the benefit of Landlord and Tenant, their successors, legal representatives, and assigns. It is understood that the term "Landlord" as used in this Lease means only the owner, or the mortgagee in possession, or the lessee for the time being, of the Building, so that if the Building is sold or leased or if the mortgagee takes possession of the premises, Landlord shall be entirely freed and relieved of all covenants and obligations of Landlord accruing after such sale, lease, or taking of possession, and it shall be deemed without further agreement that the purchaser, the lessee, or the mortgagee in possession has assumed and agreed to carry out any and all of Landlord's covenants and obligations.

34. Entire Agreement. This Agreement contains the entire agreement of the parties and there are no other promises or conditions in any other agreement whether oral or written. This Agreement supersedes any prior written or oral agreements between the parties.

35. Applicable Law. This Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of _________.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, this Agreement has been signed on the date first above written.





*** If Required By State Law ***

This Section for Notary:


State of _________

County of ________ [COUNTY]

On [DATE] before me, [NAME OF NOTARY], notary, personally appeared [NAME OF PERSON(S) INVOLVED], personally known to me (or proved to me on the basis of satisfactory evidence) to be the person(s) whose name(s) is/are subscribed to the within instrument and acknowledged to me that he/she/they executed the same in his/her/their authorized capacity(ies), and that by his/her/their signature(s) on the instrument the person(s), or the entity upon behalf of which the person(s) acted, executed the instrument.

Witness my hand and official seal.

Signature ________

My commission expires: _____