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Arizona appellate court takes the high road and enforces a commercial lease to operate a medical marijuana dispensary

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

In a case of first impression in Arizona, the Court of Appeals in Green Cross Medical, Inc. v. Gally (April 18, 2017) held that a lease to operate a medical marijuana dispensary was not void from its inception, either under...more

Landlord Rights and Responsibilities in Commercial Tenant Bankruptcies

Landlords beware: You may not be able to rely on all the remedies found in your lease if your tenant files bankruptcy. For example, the bankruptcy section of your lease may provide that the tenant filing a bankruptcy petition...more

In Self-Renewing Lease, Tenant Has Burden of Proving Timely Termination

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

In a case of interest to commercial landlords and tenants, the Massachusetts Appeals Court recently ruled that where a commercial lease is self-renewing but can be terminated on six-months’ notice to the other side, the party...more

The Trend Toward Greater Integration Of Foodservice Operators In Retail Real Estate

by Cole Schotz on

The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) recently released an interesting report prepared in collaboration with Jones Lange LaSalle (JLL) entitled The Successful Integration of Food & Beverage Within Retail Real...more

Landlords Who Violate Bankruptcy Stay May be Ordered to Pay Emotional Distress Damages and Punitive Damages

by PretiFlaherty on

Landlords should use caution in attempts to take possession of leased space once a tenant files bankruptcy. Recently, in Lansaw v. Zokaites, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an order of the Bankruptcy Court for the...more

A Forgotten Tool for Commercial Landlords - Statutory Landlord’s Liens

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

The laws of Iowa give commercial property lessors/landlords an often forgotten tool to use when a tenant owes rent and other monthly lease expenses defined as “rent” under the lease agreement. This tool is called a statutory...more

Are ‘Gross Up’ provisions gross in commercial leases?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

It is common in commercial leases for the tenant to pay a pro-rata share of the operating expenses of a building, in addition to base rent. Operating expenses include expenses incurred by the landlord in operating, repairing...more

Landlords Beware: Subordination Agreements

by Snell & Wilmer on

In the recent Arizona Court of Appeals case Earle Investments, LLC v. Southern Desert Medical Center Partners, 762 Ariz. Adv. Rep. 12 (2017), the Court of Appeals addressed the question of the scope of a subordination...more

Lenders And Leases: Important Legal Issues

by Snell & Wilmer on

Financial Institutions that make loans on commercial real estate frequently have to contend with issues pertaining to commercial leases. Aside from the underwriting issues, there are numerous legal issues that can arise in...more

‘Home Improvement’ decision may provide tools for drafting, managing CAM in commercial leases

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

In California, commercial lease tenants typically pay a portion of the common area maintenance expenses or "CAM." Commercial leases also generally include the right of the tenant to audit the landlord's CAM statement each...more

Dilapidations Claims: Repair or Despair?

by Reed Smith on

How can landlords make sure they can claim for the diminution in the value of their reversion when the lease of a dilapidated property comes to an end? Doing no work but hoping to claim was not a successful strategy for the...more

News from AGG's Retail Industry Team - Spring Edition

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

By now, we’ve all realized that rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft have materially impacted a number of industries during their relatively short lifetimes. For this real estate lawyer, 2016 represented the year in which...more

Lease Assignment Provisions—Why They Matter

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

When a tenant assigns its rights and interest under a lease to a successor tenant, the enforceability of the assignment and its legal consequences are usually addressed and governed by language in the assignor-tenant’s lease...more

Lien on Me: When is a Landlord Liable to a Tenant’s Contractors and Suppliers?

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

Almost every commercial retail lease provides that the tenant shall not allow any materialman’s or mechanic’s liens to be filed against the landlord’s real property. Moreover, in the event that a contractor or supplier does...more

Leasing Retail Stores in New York City

by Carlton Fields on

New York City is a fascinating and dynamic retail market. It is also one of the most competitive and challenging, requiring a careful and methodical approach to leasing to avoid potential commercial and legal pitfalls. This...more

Are Your Commercial Lease Forms ADA Compliant?

by Payne & Fears on

A commercial property owner must now provide the tenant with a current disability access inspection certificate and inspection report or a copy of a CASp inspection report, if such a report has been issued which indicates...more

ICSC Mid-Atlantic Conference & Deal Making Recap

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

With seemingly all of the country’s attention focused on Washington DC lately, we snuck out of the District and across the Potomac River to National Harbor last week for ICSC’s 2017 Mid-Atlantic Conference and Deal Making....more

Franchise Issues in Commercial Leases

Commercial landlords and tenants are already faced with many issues during the course of negotiating a commercial lease agreement. When the tenant is a franchisee, the franchisor’s requirements (as outlined in the franchise...more

California Update: Amended Civil Code Section 1938 and New CASp Obligations for Commercial Landlords

by Mintz Levin on

Last September, Governor Brown signed California Assembly Bill 2093 (“AB 2093”) which amended California Civil Code Section 1938 and created new obligations for commercial landlords. ...more

Oh the Sidewalks Outside Are Frightful, But Landlords Will Make Them Delightful… or Will They?

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

Although we haven’t seen much snow accumulation in the northeast to date, we know that this can (and likely will) change before the warmer weather returns. Before the snow really begins to fall, it would behoove both...more

A Condemnation Action is Looming — What are a Landlord’s Disclosure Obligations to Potential Lessees?

by Nossaman LLP on

Before an eminent domain action is filed, public infrastructure projects involve years of planning, environmental approvals, design, and property negotiations. During this time, property owners and real estate agents/brokers...more

Upscale Food Halls—On Trend and On The Rise

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

The growth of high-end food halls is taking off around the country as consumers seek fast, fresh, high-quality, chef-driven meals with a local touch, and as landlords seek to cash in on the continued growth of fast-casual...more

Pop-up Shops: Breath of Fresh Air?

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

If you are involved in commercial real estate, especially if working with landlord clients, you’ve likely had a chance to work with retailers in creating a unique lease for a pop-up shop. These novel concepts are popping up...more

The Implied Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing

by Jaburg Wilk on

Anybody who has ever had a child has heard the refrain “but that’s NOT FAIR.” While the concept of “fairness” plays a big role in how the world should operate in the minds of children, there is sometimes a disconnect between...more

Commercial Lease Alert: New Access Law Disclosure Requirements In Leases Effective January 1, 2017

Under current California law, commercial real property owners are required to state in every lease agreement whether the property leased has undergone inspection by a Certified Access Specialist (“CASp”) and, if so, whether...more

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