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Know your rights!

In collaboration with the Cornell Legal Research Clinic, we can now offer a New York specific checklist, glossary of terms and sample clauses so that you can be informed before you sign.

Small businesses can lose money, or equipment, or face unexpected difficulties due to their lease terms. The lease offered to you by a potential landlord is likely to favor their rights over yours. Don’t just sign it! Take it home, read it thoroughly, and go through the materials on this page to see if you should ask for changes.

If you need to, contact an attorney to review the contract with you.

If you have a legal research question, the Cornell Legal Research Clinic may be able to help you.