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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

How to Get the Best Price for Your Cell Tower Lease

Property owners with cell towers on their buildings or land are routinely approached to sell their cell lease and future leasing rights, which typically sell in the range of 15 to 20 times annual revenues, sometimes...more

GAO Urges Transparency in GSA Leasing Practice for Foreign-Owned Real Estate

On January 3, 2017, the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) delivered a report to Congress recommending that the General Services Administration (GSA) inform tenant agencies when leasing high-security space...more

Amendments to the Namibian Credit Agreements Act

Dentons would like to thank Nawala Kamati-Unger of Engling, Stritter & Partners for this month’s contribution to the Africa section of the Dentons South Africa Newsletter. In this article, Nawala provides an overview of...more

BOEM Suspends Implementation of New Financial Assurance Requirements

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced Friday, January 6, that it would suspend the implementation of the new financial assurance requirements relating to decommissioning obligations of lessees’ facilities on...more

The Implied Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing

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

Don’t lock out your tenant, even if the lease says so

A Florida landlord recently learned that “self-help” is not allowed for evicting a tenant, even if the parties’ lease says it is. In Palm Beach Florida Hotel and Office Building Limited Partnership v. Nantucket...more

Be Prepared Before Your Borrower Files a Farm Bankruptcy

How prepared are you for a workout or Chapter 12 farm bankruptcy filed by your Borrower? Make it your New Year’s Resolution to know the answer to these questions about your Borrower. Do you conduct regular file reviews?...more

First-Ever Legal Challenge Filed Against Proposed Federal Offshore Wind Lease Auction

A coalition of fishing advocates, local towns, and municipalities from New Jersey to Rhode Island has sued the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (“BOEM”) and sought a temporary restraining...more

Forfeiture: High Court grants relief after 14 months

Landlords and agents may have to look again at whether 6 months is sufficient time to allow the tenant to apply for relief, before exercising peaceable re-entry. In Pineport Ltd v Grangeglen Ltd [2016] EWHC 1318 (CH) the...more

How Do I Sell My Cell Lease?

Selling a cell lease and future leasing rights for the site in question usually involves three steps. First, deciding whether you want to sell. Often the first question to ask is whether you can take the money from a...more

Rule Against Perpetuities and Leases in North Carolina

Remember the Rule Against Perpetuities? Think back to your days in law school, sitting in your 1L Property class. Remember the rule against perpetuities? Remember thinking that it would never really come into play in...more

Ohio Supreme Court Rules in Landowner Royalty Case

In a closely watched and long-awaited case with potentially sweeping industry-wide consequences, the Supreme Court of Ohio refused to adopt a default rule regarding deduction of postproduction costs from landowner royalties...more

Ground Leasing Commercial Property? Ask the Lender First

Financing ground leases has become an increasingly significant part of commercial real estate lending. However, ground tenants, as borrowers, and their attorneys often fail to include integral lender protections when...more

Construction Industry Scheme - taxing our landlords and tenants

The Construction Industry Scheme (‘CIS’) requires contractors to withhold tax from payments to subcontractors in relation to certain construction work. It is easy to assume that CIS only applies to mainstream contractors, but...more

Struggling to Produce: Heirs to Claimed Royalty Interest Acquired in Late 1800s in 9,200-acre Tract in Texas Fail to Pass...

On Monday, Oct. 10, 2016, dozens of claimed heirs to a one-half mineral interest allegedly obtained in the late 1800s in a 9,200-acre tract of land in Brooks County, Texas, filed a Petition for Review with the Texas Supreme...more

(UK) Business Rates and Compensation for Tenants

Following our recent update on business rates, we are warning developers to look at their budgets for statutory compensation that may be due at the end of a 1954 Act protected tenancy because of the VOA’s reassessment of...more

(UK) Rentcharges: beasts of burden or burdensome beasts?

Rentcharges are, in theory, a very useful way of securing a positive obligation to pay against freehold land owners. They are mainly now created to cover estate service charges to ensure freeholders will pay common expenses...more

Give Me a Break! Pitfalls to Avoid When Drafting and Exercising Break Rights

Bringing a lease to an early end is not without its problems. There are countless examples of break clauses which have been disputed in court and the resulting decisions can often be unexpected. Over the last year, there has...more

Louisiana State and Federal Courts Split Over Parties Entitled to Reports Under La. R.S. 30:103.1

La. R.S. 30:103.1 requires operators or producers of oil and gas units created by the Louisiana Commissioner of Conservation to provide reports containing information related to well costs and production to owners of...more

(UK) Business Rates Update

There have been a number of developments on business rates which affect investment management and lettings to corporate occupiers. Exactly what use qualifies as charitable and benefits from reduced rates is clearer, as is...more

Should I Accept My Tenant’s Rent Payment?

When a retail (or office) tenant falls behind in its rent payments, landlords or their representatives frequently ask what appears to be a simple question: “Should I accept the tenant’s rent payment?” The answer is not at all...more

BOEM Updates Financial Assurance and Risk Management Requirements for Offshore Leases

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) recently announced revisions to its financial assurance and risk management requirements for companies holding oil and gas leases in federal waters. BOEM regulations establish a...more

Top 10 provisions your litigator wants in your commercial lease

It’s bad enough having to call your real estate litigator. But it’s worse when he or she tells you that your lease is missing some critical provision that would help you in your current dispute. Every commercial lease is...more

Personal Guaranties: What? Me Worry?

Franklin, a Senior at Fraternal State, is finally moving off campus to his own apartment with four of his buddies. Before Owen Ohner, the landlord, will approve their lease, he requires a personal guaranty from all the...more

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