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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

Navigating Commercial Lease Assignment Provisions: Tenants Beware

Landlords use lease assignment provisions to maintain control over the quality, composition, and financial capability of their tenants. However, assignment provisions can have a chilling effect on a corporate tenant’s...more

New Commercial Property Disclosure Requirements

A recent statute and set of regulations will shortly begin to impose new disclosure requirements on commercial landlords, property sellers, and borrowers in California for leases, purchases, and financings entered into on or...more

Action Required by California Commercial Landlords: New California Law Goes Into Effect July 1, 2013, Requiring Accessibility...

On July, 1, 2013, Civil Code Section 1938 goes into effect and requires commercial leases executed on and after such date to disclose whether the premises being leased have been inspected by a Certified Access Specialist, and...more

EPA Clarifies "Innocent Tenant" Liability Under CERCLA

Recent EPA guidance imposes new environmental due diligence and compliance requirements on prospective commercial and industrial tenants. The guidance purports to clarify an exemption from liability, but actually confirms...more

Remedies of a Commercial Landlord

If a tenant defaults on their obligations under a commercial lease, a landlord may wish to pursue a remedy. There are two types of tenant defaults – monetary or non-monetary. The type of default will determine the landlord’s...more

New Accessibility Disclosure Requirements for Commercial Landlords in 2013

The California legislature and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors recently enacted separate laws imposing on landlords disclosure requirements relating to accessibility on commercial properties. In addition, the San...more

Ownership of Leasehold Improvements

Many commercial leases provide that other than a tenant’s own trade fixtures and merchandise, pretty well everything else that the tenant installs in the premises is considered to be a leasehold improvement. Moreover, all...more

New Accessibility and Energy Use Disclosure Requirements for California Commercial Landlords Effective July 1, 2013

Pursuant to California Civil Code Section 1938, each lease or rental agreement for commercial property executed on or after July 1, 2013 must state whether the property being leased or rented has undergone inspection by a...more

Commercial Landlords in San Francisco Beware

Chapter 38 of the San Francisco Administrative Code imposes new requirements on commercial leasing activities (both new leases and amendments of existing leases) in San Francisco where the leased premises contain 7,500 square...more

EPA Lifts Threat of CERCLA Liability for Some Tenants of Brownfields

Tenants who lease currently or formerly contaminated property can now benefit from protections from cleanup liability that were once available only to purchasers of such property. EPA announced its new policy in a December...more

Small Tenant Lease Negotiating

Startups, small tenants and non-profits can successfully negotiate several key leasing issues that materially improves the terms of their office space leases. By Peter Pokorny, Real Estate Counselors, PLLC. ...more

Should Tenants Worry About Environmental Liabilities For Their Leased Property?

By 2013, most property owners have heard of the advantages of performing environmental due diligence and conducting “All Appropriate Inquiry” by obtaining an Environmental Site Assessment before purchase. Doing so is key to...more

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