In California, does my spouse have to sign a commercial lease if I'm the one who is opening the business?

Landlord is requiring that my spouse signs the lease because California is community property state. Is that required? Is there anyway to avoid that? "Thank you".
In Leasing Property - Asked by Joon L. - Apr 1, 2012
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Jeff R.
Lender/Mortgage Broker
Birmingham, MI

Id say it a point of negotiation. The landlord is likely trying to tie you up completely. Should like hes trying to get you to personally guarantee the lease
Im a banker though not an attoney. Dont go cheap on the lease, get a professional involved.

Apr 6, 2012
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John M.
Broker/Agent
Irvine, CA

Joon,
Rarely are we having the spouse additionally sign on the lease. However, we would want to protect our client-The Landlord- as much as possible especially in the case of a start-up business probably with extra security deposits. You probably are going to personally guarantee the lease and if your spouse has good income or assets we would want that person on the lease AND guarantee.
It is a point of negotiation. IF you feel strongly about NOT having your spouse on the lease-offer more of a security deposit.

Apr 8, 2012
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Joon L.
Tenant
Los Angeles, CA

Thank you

Apr 9, 2012
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