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Landlords and Tenants Beware: Option Contracts and the Substantial Compliance Standard

In Pack 2000, Inc. v. Cushman, 311 Conn. 622 (2014), the Connecticut Supreme Court recently applied a “substantial compliance” standard to the exercise of tenant options contained in a lease, including purchase options....more

10 key considerations when a healthcare tenant negotiates a shopping center lease

The habits of healthcare consumers have changed: no longer do they perceive a medical visit as something necessarily separate from all other life events. In fact, they often seek the convenience of combining a quick trip to...more

Commercial Landlord Citing Lease Terms to Prevent Stores from Closing on Thanksgiving Day

It's rare that an ordinary commercial lease term can make national news, at least indirectly. Some higher-profile stores are bucking the Holiday trend this year and refusing to open on Thanksgiving day. Costco, Lowe's...more

Five Holiday Season Tips for Retail Landlords

The holiday season brings many desirable things to a retail center: a fresh holiday look, a sense of excitement and anticipation, and most importantly — more traffic and customers. Along with these benefits, the holidays also...more

Hilton on the hook: No release for the guarantor

A new Court of Appeal decision handed down on Friday 5 September has given landlords some comfort that leases entered into before a line of cases that ruled many guarantee provisions invalid will still be interpreted in a...more

A Landlord's Guide to Landlord's Waivers: Five Potential Pitfalls For Landlords to Consider

Tenants, in the course of obtaining financing, often ask their Landlords to sign a Landlord’s Waiver. Landlord’s Waivers are intercreditor agreements for the benefit of the tenant’s lender or equipment lessor, stipulating the...more

Six Considerations for Rent Arbitration Clauses in Commercial Leases

When a commercial tenant exercises an option to renew a lease it is imperative that the landlord and tenant have effective mechanisms in place to determine the rent for the renewal term. Ideally both parties will agree on the...more

Delaware Bankruptcy Court Faces Split Among the Courts Concerning Scope of a Landlord’s Claim Against a Tenant in Bankruptcy

The Delaware bankruptcy court will soon be forced to rule on the scope of a landlord's claim in bankruptcy, an issue on which courts around the country have been split for many years. In the case of In re Masonite Corp. (Case...more

Tenants Beware: Your Landlord’s Bankruptcy Could Result in a Lost Lease

It is unfortunate, but true: a commercial tenant may someday be required to deal with a bankrupt landlord. Any bankruptcy filing can be complicated and chaotic. But, a tenant faced with a landlord’s is more than just a...more

Mainebiz Real Estate Insider – Protecting the Penny Wise in a Lease

Some penny wise clients resist advice to get real estate out of their own individual names, opening themselves to unnecessary risk. Fortunate clients, who have not met the “trial bar” up close and personal, sometimes still...more

What’s the Use? Use Clauses in Commercial Leasing

Most retailers and landlords will have seen the recent announcement by Loblaws wherein they stated that they were going to start selling fresh food in certain Shoppers Drug Mart locations, the perfect example of the evolution...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Case Law Update

I. FLORIDA STATE CASES – JOURDAN HAYNES & ILAN NIEUCHOWICZ - - Landlord/Tenant: lessor did not breach commercial lease by failing to complete construction by date certain where lease did not provide date by which...more

Lenders Can Prepare for Tenant Offset Rights in SNDAs

Tenants’ limited recourse to their landlords has made “offset rights” a major issue in negotiating Subordination, Non-Disturbance and Attornment Agreements (SNDAs). Tenant offset rights arise when the tenant has the...more

Special Commercial Lease Considerations for Franchisees

Engaging in preliminary discussions and negotiations with prospective landlords for your new franchised business can be overwhelming. There are a multitude of business and legal issues to consider. It may also be...more

Mainebiz Real Estate Insider - Lease Rights – Should Landlords Give Tenants the Right to Sublease or Assign Interest?

An issue that creates a great deal of discussion in lease negotiations relates to the right of a tenant to assign or sublease its interest in a lease to an unrelated party. This complex situation opens up several...more

Why Tenants should require an SNDA or risk some disturbing results.

Introduction. We all know that lease forms are heavily weighted in favor of landlords. Through negotiation, experienced real estate lawyers attempt to lessen the impact on the tenant of some of the more onerous provisions...more

Frustration of Purpose: A Frustrating Doctrine

Next Gen Capital, LLC v. Consumer Lending Associates, LLC illustrates the difficulty a tenant faces when trying to avoid liability for breaching a lease based on the “frustration of purpose” defense. No. 1 CA-CV 12-0624...more

Avoid Damages in Commercial Lease Disputes

Imagine the following: You're a commercial landlord. It's the first of the month and the rent check didn't come. You visit your tenants and the doors are locked. The lights are off. The furniture and equipment are in disorder...more

Judgment Against Commercial Landlord Reversed

The Third Court of Appeals has reversed and remanded a lower court’s judgment that a landlord take nothing on his claims for damages under a commercial lease and pay the tenant’s attorney fees....more

GST & Real Property Leases – Implications Of The MBI Case

The Full Federal Court recently handed down its decision in MBI Properties Pty Limited v Commissioner of Taxation [2013] FCAFC 112 ("MBI Case"). The decision supports the view that neither the vendor or purchaser of a...more

Recent California Cases Follow Riverisland Decision

In March of this year, we reported on the California Supreme Court decision in Riverisland Cold Storage, Inc. v. Fresno-Madera Production Credit Assn., which held that a borrower could sue its lender for fraud based on oral...more

Planning for Tenant's Changing Needs: Options To Renew, Expand, Cancel, or Reduce

As a tenant's business changes, its needs and space requirements also change. If possible, a commercial tenant should anticipate the possibility of changing needs by negotiating certain beneficial options and rights into the...more

Co-Tenancy Complexities

Tenants seek co-tenancy rights while landlords are reluctant to grant them. Tenants often rely on a certain tenant mix of national or regional tenants to be a draw for customers to visit the shopping center. But what happens...more

Administration Rents: Next Stop - Court of Appeal

A key legal High Court hearing on the “Goldacre Ruling”, which deals with how rent is paid during an administration (and often leaves landlords out of pocket), means that the Court of Appeal will now consider whether “rents...more

New California Landlord Disclosure Requirements Effective July 1

Two new landlord disclosure requirements become effective in California on July 1, 2013. One requires that all new commercial leases state whether the property has been inspected for disability access—and if so, the results....more

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