Just spitballing here, since nobody has replied yet... can you get the 3 month security deposit but only have one person sign the lease, so you have less paperwork in the future?
Obviously we all hope that their business does great and there's never a need to pursue legal means, but in the worst case scenario I would want to have the strongest tenant as the main signer.
The business these three are going to operate should be operated through a DBA if they're going to actually have a business name and they haven't formed a legal entity. Have you asked them how they plan on operating their business?
If they don't have a DBA or legal entity then maybe their not ready to begin operations and may not be a good tenant selection. It's true they could get business permits in their personal name(s) but you would think they would have preplanned this before actually negotiating for a building space.
One entity, one eviction should you need to evict.
im sure by now the deal has either been done or not done, but for us it would depend on how much buildout would need to be done to the space. If nothing has to be done and they arent going to change it up too much then you could probably take a chance on them. It has also been our experience that if you do have to evict them, its a strong possibility that you'll never see payments even if you win the judgement in court or maybe you'll have better luck than we do.
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