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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. If rent goes unpaid, is the business’ proprietor on the hook, or the corporation of which he is the sole owner? Or when a guarantor fails to come through after a lessee defaults, can he and his business entities be treated as one in the same, so that satisfaction can be had through attachment of the company’s assets? A scenario similar to these played out in case recently decided by the Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, Second Division: Golfwood Square LLC v. O’Malley, 2018 IL App (1st) 172220-U (8/11/2018). In Golfwood, the court had to decide just how much responsibility a business entity could be made to shoulder that was not directly involved in a dispute between a commercial lessor and the guarantor of its lessee’s contractual responsibilities.
By Elizabeth Kluger Cooper and Zach Boroson
Market forces — such as workplace design, demographics and urbanization, capital flow and technology — are driving the growth of flexible space.
By Terrence M. Dunn
What Tenants and Landlords Should Know
There are differences between assignments of leases and collateral assignments of leases, and each has aspects that parties to these agreements should expect and look out for. Let’s discuss some of these issues.
By John R. Low-Beer
The ‘Dreikausesn’ Paradox, Other Hurdles, and Suggestions for Change
Under current New York law, even the most meritorious legal challenge to property development faces insurmountable barriers once construction starts, because absent the most egregious wrongdoing, the courts will not order demolition of completed buildings, and current law makes it virtually impossible to obtain a preliminary injunction to halt construction.
By Janice Inman
It’s Not the Money Spent, It’s the Level of Conformance