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The owner of a local business wants to lease commercial property to use as a retail storefront or for office purposes. When she finds her ideal space, the landlord suggests an initial 10-year term. The potential tenant envisions staying in the space longer than that, so she wants to negotiate for the option to renew the lease at its termination. However, the landlord is reluctant to agree on a fixed amount of rent for the renewal term, as market conditions will undoubtedly change over the course of a 10-year period. So, how will the parties agree on the future rental amount?
By Janice G. Inman
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.
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.