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Real estate tax provisions usually provide that a tenant will pay either its proportionate share of all real estate taxes or the proportionate share of all such real estate taxes that are in excess of real estate taxes assessed against a property in a predetermined base tax year. There are several clauses, however, that rarely find their way into a landlord’s initial draft of the lease that may be beneficial to a tenant. In addition, certain real estate tax provisions that are typically included in a landlord’s standard lease form need to be carefully reviewed to make sure they are fair to both the landlord and the tenant.
By Janice G. Inman
Bankruptcy is a fact of life in the United States. When it happens, the treatment of a lease as either residential or non-residential may be crucial to all parties -- landlords, tenants, subtenants and their counselors.
By Barry M. Klayman and Mark E. Felger
In a recent decision, Bankruptcy Judge Christopher S. Sontchi addressed the question of whether a Chapter 11 debtor, the tenant under a commercial lease, could exercise an option to renew the lease during the bankruptcy proceedings, even though the debtor was in default under the lease and the lease specified that it could not be renewed if defaults existed at the time the option was exercised.
By David B. Saxe and Danielle C. Lesser
Is This The End of the ‘Yellowstone’ Doctrine?
Recently, New York’s Appellate Division, Second Department, acknowledged that commercial landlords may employ a strategy that prevents tenants from exercising Yellowstone rights, which enjoin the landlord from terminating the lease or commencing a summary proceeding.
Slip-and-Fall Victim Cannot Recover from Landlord or Tenant