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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 Alan Nochumson
Part One of a Two-Part Article
When entering into a lease for commercial space, there are some items that should not be overlooked. Landlords and tenants alike should make sure that the following things are addressed in the lease, one way or another.
By Ira Fierstein and Michelle Palka
An Illinois Appellate Court recently ruled in favor of a commercial tenant after a new owner acquired a commercial building and attempted to collect accrued unpaid rent owed to the previous landlord.
By Albena Petrakov
With the recent carnage in the retail industry, including Sears and many other retailers of all shapes and sizes, a lot of attention goes to the fate of landlords when their tenants seek bankruptcy protection.
First Court’s Lack of Jurisdiction over Cause of Action Means Second Action Is Not Barred