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To commercial landlords, the ideal lawyer is one that can predict the future. And in the context of buying and selling New York City real estate, that means lawyers who can craft lease provisions to pre-emptively thwart tenant-holdouts seeking cash buyouts in exchange for surrendering and vacating their premises. The scenario usually plays out like this: landlord markets the building for sale; buyer tenders an offer on the condition that the building be conveyed vacant on the closing date; tenant demands an exorbitant amount of money from landlord in exchange for vacatur; landlord scours the lease for any possible tactical advantage in its negotiation with tenant; landlord finds none and capitulates to tenant’s demand or loses the deal. A win/win for the tenant.
By Mark Morfopoulos
Restricting a tenant’s right to transfer the property it is leasing to a third party is a key component to any lease. Many lenders require landlords to obtain lender consent before the transfer is effective. Failure to obtain such consent could lead to a landlord’s default under the terms and conditions of the loan documents, so it is imperative for a landlord to review its loan documents each time it receives a request from a tenant to transfer its interest under the lease.
By Natalie Dolce
Welcome to the evolving world of retail — a world that is geared toward changing the way people engage in retail and retail destinations feature a blend of entertainment, experiences and services.
By Jonathan B. King
The growing interest in alternative fuel sources may be a boon for property owners seeking new ways to generate profits and savings. But care should be taken when a roof is the proposed site of a solar-panel installation, whether managed by a property owner or by a lessee.
Option to Buy Is Exercised, and ‘Tenant’ Is No Longer a Tenant