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Land Use and Planning Landlord Tenant Law

Confidential Lease Terms Versus Public Access to Government-Held Documents

Commercial landlords with multiple properties, or developments with more than one tenant, are generally loath to disclose to potential tenants the terms of leases into which they have previously entered. So, what happens when a government entity has demanded or been given a lease as part of a governmental process, such as when a landowner is seeking permission to build?

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Commercial landlords with multiple properties, or developments with more than one tenant, are generally loath to disclose to potential tenants the terms of leases into which they have previously entered. Concessions or discounts given to one party are not necessarily being offered to another, and bargaining position can be compromised when too much information is available to a lease-negotiating prospect. So, what happens when a government entity has demanded or been given a lease as part of a governmental process, such as when a landowner is seeking permission to build?

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