Contributed By Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP
California is a contract law state. Landlords typically limit tenants to the anticipated use for which the building was intended. Covenants, conditions and restrictions (known as CC&Rs) will outline acceptable and prohibited uses. Some may be imposed by jurisdictions. For example, there are municipal-specific laws about the types of businesses that can be near schools. Areas zoned for office use can only contain offices; R&D (research and development) areas can only be used for R&D. Some municipalities seeking to promote certain industries have further restrictions. For example, some areas in California are zoned and developed specifically for life sciences use.