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The owner of a local business wants to lease commercial property to use as a retail storefront or for office purposes. When she finds her ideal space, the landlord suggests an initial 10-year term. The potential tenant envisions staying in the space longer than that, so she wants to negotiate for the option to renew the lease at its termination. However, the landlord is reluctant to agree on a fixed amount of rent for the renewal term, as market conditions will undoubtedly change over the course of a 10-year period. So, how will the parties agree on the future rental amount?
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By Peter E. Fisch and Mitchell L. Berg
The purpose behind rent reset clauses is simple — to capture any change in the fair market value (and fair market rental value) of the leased property. However, the application of rent reset clauses in practice is anything but simple, and the consequences of such clauses can be significant.
By Jeffrey B. Steiner and Scott A Weinberg
Federal programs have made insurance more readily accessible to protect real property in the event of a flood or an act of terrorism. These programs enable flood and terrorism insurance to be widely available at realistic price points by ensuring that the amount of the premiums payable for such insurance remain at a level that a borrower can afford, which in turn preserves the underwritten economics of the loan transaction.
By Steven M. Silverberg
A landowner challenged local zoning that banned holding a three-day music festival, arguing that the law was an unconstitutional violation of free speech and void for vagueness.
By Carmen Contreras-Martinez
Because bankruptcy can add significant expenses and increase the time it takes to remove a delinquent tenant, landlords should not allow tenants to fall far behind on rental payments. Here are some tips on how to address the issues raised by a bankrupt tenant.