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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 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 Marisa L. Byram and Wheeler Frost
Assignment provisions in a commercial 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 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.