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Tenants Escape Liability for Fire Damage

The Michigan Court of Appeals recently found that a landlord could not pursue tenants for fire damage caused by the tenants.  In Gauthier v. Elkins, unpublished opinion* of the Court of Appeals, issued November 13, 2014...more

Words Landlords Use Every Day: Standing and Privity

“Standing” is the right to bring a case to court. “Privity” is a legal relationship. A landlord and tenant may have (or may be in) privity of contract because they both agree to certain contractual terms in a lease....more

Tenant Can Terminate Lease if Landlord Can’t Deliver Possession

In a recent Kent County Circuit Court case, the court found that where the landlord could not deliver possession of the property by the date set forth in the lease, the tenant could terminate the lease....more

The Danger of Contracting with a Tenant for Improvements to Real Property

You’ve completed your work, payment is past due and you’re ready to record a construction lien... then you discover your client is a tenant, not an owner. Your ability to lien may be far more limited under Florida law than...more

Eviction by Email?

The Michigan House of Representatives recently passed a bill that would allow landlords to start the eviction process by serving a seven-day demand for possession by email. Currently, a demand for possession must be sent by...more

BGH rules over cosmetic repairs and declares the duty to execute cosmetic repairs ineffective

Most recently, the Federal Court of Justice of Germany (Bundesgerichtshof) decided in three cases in favour for tenants of housing space regarding cosmetic repairs and strengthens once again their rights. The decision might...more

The Importance of Recording a Memorandum of Lease

Most commercial leases contain a prohibition on recording the lease, but generally permit the parties to record a “Memorandum of Lease,” either concurrently with the execution of the lease or upon the request of either party....more

Disclosures Landlords Must Make in Kentucky

There are certain required disclosures that a landlord must make when renting property located within a jurisdiction that has adopted Kentucky’s Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act (“URLTA”). ...more

Tenancy Deposits Clarified

It is now the best part of a decade since the tenancy deposit protection provisions in the Housing Act 2004 (the “Act”) came into force on 6 April 2007. A string of Court of Appeal decisions resulted from ambiguities and...more

N.C. Court of Appeals Applies Common Law Rule Against Perpetuities to Invalidate Lessee's Preemptive Right

Ask almost any lawyer or law student to name the most esoteric concept addressed in law school, and you're more likely than not to hear "The Rule Against Perpetuities". The Rule Against Perpetuities, or the RAP, exists at...more

New York Statute Aims to Curb Abuse of Certificates of Insurance

A certificate of insurance (“COI”) is a document issued by an insurer or broker that evidences the existence of insurance coverage under specific circumstances. On January 28, 2015, New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo signed...more

Is a tenant is entitled to attorney fees when landlord's anti-SLAPP motion is denied?

In Ben-Shahar v. Pickart, 2014 DJDAR 15712, the California Court of Appeal for the Second District decided a complex landlord/tenant case involving the interplay of unlawful detainer proceedings and California’s Special...more

First Class Actions introduced in France by consumer associations (French version)

Depuis l’entrée en vigueur le 1er octobre 2014 des dispositions de la loi Hamon introduisant une action de groupe en droit français, plusieurs actions ont déjà été initiées témoignant d’un vif intérêt des associations de...more

Newly Amended Dual Agency Disclosure Law: Much Ado About Nothing

As of January 1, 2015, the duty of a real estate agent to disclose in writing his or her representation of a buyer, seller, tenant and/or landlord, including any dual agency relationship, in residential real property...more

Federal Court Invalidates San Francisco Tenant Relocation Requirements

The Northern District of California has struck down part of San Francisco’s rent control ordinance as an unconstitutional taking under the Fifth Amendment in Levin v. City and County of San Francisco, Dist. Court, ND...more

Nevada Supreme Court adds New Elements to Constructive Eviction Claims

Nevada, like many jurisdictions, has recognized the ability of a tenant to vacate property if it becomes unfit for occupancy for the purpose for which it was leased. This is commonly known as a “constructive eviction.” ...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

Is the CHRO Expanding its Reach into Schools and Police Actions?

I recently attended a meeting where Charles Krich, the Principal Attorney for the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (“CHRO”), spoke about the future of the agency. Attorney Krich stated that the agency...more

Tenant Absence During the Lease Term: Protecting Your Property

Every landlord’s goal is to have his/her rental property under lease and occupied by tenants who will not only pay their rent on time, but who will properly use and maintain the property. After all, the property is an...more

The Limits of CEQA Mitigation – Recent Judicial Applications of Nollan and Dolan

Perhaps foremost among the judicially recognized fundamental constraints on lead agencies’ power to impose various types of mitigation measures on project approvals in the CEQA process is the “doctrine of unconstitutional...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

Legality of Upfront Tenant Fees

A recent Massachusetts federal district court case has placed a significant limitation on the type of upfront fees that landlords may charge tenants. On August 26, 2014, Judge Rya Zobel ruled that Equity Residential, a...more

Estoppel Certificates: Achieving Certainty

In most every acquisition of a commercial property, the prospective buyer (and the prospective buyer’s lender) will require that the property’s tenants execute an instrument confirming various terms of their respective...more

A Landlord's Guide to Sublease Consents: There's More to It Than "Yes" or "No"

When a tenant asks its landlord to consent to a sublease the Landlord will rightly focus first on business concerns. Who is the subtenant? What is its financial condition? What will it do in the leased premises? Will it fit...more

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