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Commercial landlords: Time to tune up your indemnity provisions

The California Court of Appeal recently issued an opinion which reminds us to take another look at the “boilerplate” indemnity provisions in commercial leases. In Morlin Asset Management LP v. Murachanian (B259800), a...more

How to Prevent a Tenant from Removing Valuable Equipment Before They Flee

A landlord may prevent a tenant from taking equipment from the premises by filing a distress writ. Before a landlord files suit for eviction, it should first consider whether there is any equipment on the premises that...more

Partitions and Vacant Possession

We are often asked by landlords whether tenants need to completely strip out premises including partitioning when they are required to deliver up vacant possession. This is most common when break clauses are conditional on...more

How to Avoid Unexpected Maintenance Expenses When Structuring a Commercial Lease

About to enter into a long term commercial lease? You may be subject to additional expenses beyond rent. Landlords often require that tenants accept certain repair and maintenance obligations during the term of the lease (a...more

What happens when a tenant’s business becomes illegal during the lease term?

When the tenant’s business is made illegal during the term of the lease, the tenant’s business is likely to disappear altogether, leading to a likely default. What that means for the landlord and tenant may come down to...more

Serial Plaintiffs Are Filing Waves of Disability Cases

Hotels, restaurants and retail establishments have been flooded with new lawsuits filed by serial plaintiffs that allege that a property (a place of public accommodation) is in violation of Title III of the Americans with...more

Business lease renewal rent – where fiction is stranger than fact

The recent unreported County Court judgment in Britel Fund Trustees Limited v. B&Q PLC is important for both landlords and tenants. The key issue concerned the application of section 34 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954...more

Bankruptcy Court Rules Chapter 13 Debtors Must Assume or Reject Leases in 120 Days

In a recent decision from the Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maine, In re Cho, the Court ruled that 11 U.S.C. § 365(d)(4)(A) applies to debtors in Chapter 13 cases. In this case, the debtors operated a dry cleaning...more

Don't discount the discounters: Section 34 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954

The recent unreported County Court judgment in Britel Fund Trustees Limited v. B&Q PLC is important for both landlords and tenants. The key issue concerned the application of section 34 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954...more

Early Break Clauses in Lease Renewals

Be aware of the consequences of negotiating an early break right in a renewal lease. The flexibility that this might bring will come at a cost. On a 1954 Act lease renewal, the court has power to determine the rent for the...more

Late Relief From Forfeiture

Commercial landlords know that if a tenant fails to pay rent and the lease contains a forfeiture clause, the landlord can forfeit the lease by peaceable re entry i.e by changing the locks when the tenant is not in the...more

News from AGG's Retail Industry Team - Summer Edition

Enforceability of Electronic Agreements in Real Estate Transactions - Increasingly, and not surprisingly, more and more transactions are being created, negotiated, finalized and executed electronically. From a real...more

Negotiating the Start Date Provision of Your Office Lease

In negotiating an office lease, business owners should pay particularly close attention to the terms and conditions regarding the start date of their office lease. Many landlords will begin negotiations regarding the...more

Retail Shop Leases Amendment Bill 2015: The Highlights

The Retail Shop Leases Amendment Bill 2015 (Qld) (Bill) was passed by the Queensland Parliament on 10 May 2016. The Bill gives effect to outcomes from the statutory review of the Retail Shop Leases Act 1994 (Act). Key...more

Landlords! Keep Your Contact Details Up To Date!

We have blogged on a number of occasions about the pitfalls befalling tenants when it comes to the exercise of break options. The case of Levett-Dunn v NHS Property Services Ltd is an example of case that was decided in the...more

Select Your Expert Witness With Care

The recent case of Flanders Community Centre Limited v Newham London Borough Council has provided us all with a dramatic reminder of how important the role of the expert witness is at trial. Whilst most lease renewal cases...more

Appraisals for commercial lease extensions: A step-by-step guide

It’s near the end of your commercial lease, and the tenant jumped through all of the hoops (which are strictly enforced) to extend the term for another five years. Previously, the rent was not an issue; the tenant paid...more

7th Circuit Disrupts Commercial Certainty in Lease Terminations; Landlords, We Hate That You Have to Read this Blog Post

There are many tenants that are, shall we say, “problem children.” They pay late, open late, breach, junk up your strip or building, threaten, the works. Sometimes, the landlord finds it easier just to reach a lease...more

Getting into a fix over landlord's fixtures and fittings

The recent Court of Appeal decision in South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust v. Laindon Holdings Ltd [2016] EWCA Civ 377 is a useful reminder that landlords should consider the interplay between the...more

Back From the Dead: Voluntarily Terminating a Distressed Tenant’s Lease May Give Rise to an Avoidance Action in Bankruptcy Against...

A recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit should prompt landlords to give careful consideration before entering into a lease termination agreement with a distressed tenant. In In re Great...more

Termination of a Commercial Lease May be an “Avoidable Transfer” in Bankruptcy, holds Seventh Circuit

In March 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled that a landlord may be liable to a debtor’s bankruptcy estate for the value of a lease the debtor terminated early, holding the termination may be an...more

What a Nuisance - Owner Liability for Other Persons

As an owner of commercial real estate, could you ever be liable for nuisance committed on the property by someone other than you? The recent decision of the Court of Appeal in Cocking & Anor v Eacott & Anor [2016] EWCA Civ...more

Missouri Court of Appeals Finds Single Tenant Finish Mechanics Liens Encumber Entire Mall

On April 12, 2016, the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Eastern District handed down an opinion Crafton Contracting Company, et al. v. Swenson Construction, Inc., that is of interest to owner/landlords, their lenders,...more

Negotiating the Landlord Services Provision of Your Office Lease

In negotiating an office lease, business owners should pay particularly close attention to the provisions detailing the services that the landlord will be required to provide and the terms and conditions regarding those...more

Lease Assignments to Guarantors No Longer Valid

It is now clear that leases cannot be assigned to the tenant’s guarantor but serious issues arise out of the recent High Court case of EMI Group Limited v O&H Q1 Limited which specified that any lease assignment by a tenant...more

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