This is the first article in the Commercial Landlord Tenant Law series.  Oklahoma law much like many other states, offers comprehensive coverage on residential landlord-tenant relationships, unlike its commercial counterpart.  While there are several common provisions between the two, striking differences exist.  One key distinction is the fact that the commercial side of the landlord-tenant relationship relies heavily on the lease agreement.  This reliance on the lease agreement often dictates the notice requirements, rights, and duties of both parties.

Throughout this series, I aim to discuss the commercial side of Oklahoma Landlord Tenant law and try to clarify some common misconceptions.

Some of the issues and topics I will discuss in this series are:

  • How do I evict a commercial tenant in Oklahoma?
  • How much notice does a landlord have to give to a commercial tenant to move out in Oklahoma?
  • Can you evict a commercial tenant without a lease in Oklahoma?
  • Oklahoma residential and commercial leases: what are the differences?

I chose these topics for several reasons.  First, many landlords are not familiar with the fact that there are two separate sets of laws each for the commercial and residential sides.  For instance, the residential laws are exhaustive and detailed while the commercial counterpart is much shorter.  This is why it’s crucial to note that the rights and duties of a commercial landlord are heavily dictated by the lease terms, unlike a residential lease.

Secondly, the notice requirement is an essential part of eviction proceedings.  Cases often get dismissed just because the landlord failed to serve the proper notice on the tenant.  The types of notice that the landlord is required to serve depend on the reason for eviction.  For example, a commercial landlord must give a 5-day or a 10-day notice to quit if the tenant is behind on rent.  I plan on discussing various types of notices required under the law before a landlord can terminate the lease and file for eviction.

Thirdly, in the subsequent article, I will discuss the eviction process where no written lease agreement exists.  The lack of a written lease agreement, the presence of only an oral agreement, or the lack of either can raise questions about the eviction process.  I will discuss the notice requirements, wait period, and the overall process a landlord must go through in a situation that’s lacking a lease agreement.

Lastly, I will discuss the basic differences between commercial and residential tenancies.  This article aims to clarify what sets a commercial lease apart from its residential counterpart.  Furthermore, we will dive into some of the striking differences as outlined under the Oklahoma Landlord and Tenant Act.

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