Commercial leases mean what they say. Double rent is double rent

Appellate Division Decision and Order confirming there are no hidden meanings in commercial leases


Commercial landlord sued tenant for breach of a lease. The tenant counterclaimed, claiming the lease was not terminated. The landlord won, but the court below refused to award the amount of damages claimed, double rent for the period the property was not vacated by the tenant after the end of the lease. The landlord appealed. The Appellate Division, Second Department reconfirmed the New York concept that the lease says what it says and the court will not rewrite its terms. The lease provided for double rent during holdover period. That is what the landlord is owed.

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Reference Info:Decision | State, 2nd Circuit, New York | United States

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