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Articles and commentary addressing the complexities of drafting assignment provisions in commercial leases abound. Notwithstanding the complexities of these provisions, however, save for unique events exempt from consent (e.g., transfers to affiliates) or certain detailed situations in which a landlord may withhold its consent (e.g., when the proposed assignee is currently negotiating vacant space with the landlord), assignment provisions in a lease often boil down to the following seemingly simple, but more often than not complex, standard: that the lease may only be assigned or the premises subleased with the landlord’s consent, not to be unreasonably withheld. The following examples of case law illustrate how courts have construed this provision under various circumstances.
By Janice G. Inman
In the real estate business, as in many others, the question of just who is contractually responsible when things go wrong is a recurring one, particularly when a closely-held corporation or other business entity is involved.
By Menachem J. Kastner and Ally Hack
The focus of this article is the “early termination provision,” a lease provision that affords landlords the tactical advantage they need. Specifically, this article seeks to: 1) guide the practitioner through the pitfalls of a poorly drafted termination provision; and 2) advise the practitioner how to craft a proper and effective termination provision.
Subtenants Not Entitled to Notice Under Law
Illegal Tenant Activity Negates Insurer’s Responsibility to the Landlord
By David Kupetz and Asa Hami
Store closing or liquidation sales are a routine part of Chapter 11 cases involving retail debtors. These sales are consistently authorized by bankruptcy courts, despite lease provisions purporting to forbid them.