A rental contract for residential buildings may require compliance with consumer protection legislation, ceilings on the amount of security deposits, or protection of tenants` fundamental rights to hot water and heating or air conditioning. In contrast, state laws that govern business leases often do not place minimum or maximum requirements on landlords. Even if your state has specific requirements and procedures applicable to commercial landlords and tenants, a lease may, in some cases, continue to exceed standard laws. A commercial lease is a formal document between a lessor and a tenant to rent business real estate. If the tenant plans to manage a shop on the lessor`s premises, this agreement allows both parties to formalize the lease and their relationship by a document recognized by law.