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For generations, New York’s Rent Control and Rent Stabilization Laws, which limit the amount of rent residential tenants may be charged and provide other protections, have been fixtures of New York real estate. For a time (1945-1963), New York City (the City) had a rent control statute applicable to commercial tenants, but that law expired, after which commercial rent control disappeared from the policy landscape. However, as retail vacancies have multiplied in the City in recent years, some in the City Council have advocated for the reconsideration of commercial rent control, as set out in a proposed piece of legislation, the Small Business Jobs Survival Act (Intro 737). §22-1202, et seq. This article provides a brief, nontechnical review of the bill and the legal and practical hurdles it faces if enacted.
By Janice G. Inman
When customers, employees and others invited to or simply passing by a leased commercial property are injured, and want compensation, who will be on the hook for the costs of bodily injury and property damage — the landlord, the tenant, the maintenance and security contractor hired by them, or some combination of these?
By Daniel A. Lev
Part Two of a Two-Part Article
As addressed in the first part of this article last month, addressing the problems confronting golf course owners seeking financial restructuring under Chapter 11, the ability of a debtor to reject a restrictive covenant under Section 365 or to sell free and clear of a covenant under Section 363(f) is limited and the obstacles are difficult to surmount.
By Elizabeth Kluger Cooper and Kimberly C. Jones
Navigating through a murky arbitration clause is no easy feat. Assuming familiarity with the basics, the following is a list of considerations that should prove valuable whether representing the tenant or the landlord.
By Daniel A. Lev
Part One of a Two-Part Article
This article describes conflicts with zoning boards and neighbors as it relates to distressed golf course properties and the methods sometimes available in the bankruptcy realm for working around the problem of restrictive covenants that run with the land.