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Part Four of a Five-Part Series
The wreckage of a failed retail business often includes the tenant's personal property that remains in the leased space. Critical to evaluating what to do with this personal property is understanding the nature of that property and determining who has rights to it.
As some retail tenants face failing businesses — or worse, they have already shuttered their stores — shopping center owners and managers must deal with the aftermath. The wreckage of a failed retail business often includes the tenant’s personal property that remains in the leased space. Some retail tenants offer this personal property to the shopping center owner in negotiation of full or partial satisfaction of past and future rental and early termination of the lease. Other tenants simply turn off the lights, leave their furniture and equipment in the premises, and disappear. Critical to evaluating what to do with the personal property left in vacant leased premises is understanding the nature of that property and determining who has rights to it.
By Janice G. Inman
Bankruptcy is a fact of life in the United States. When it happens, the treatment of a lease as either residential or non-residential may be crucial to all parties -- landlords, tenants, subtenants and their counselors.
By Barry M. Klayman and Mark E. Felger
In a recent decision, Bankruptcy Judge Christopher S. Sontchi addressed the question of whether a Chapter 11 debtor, the tenant under a commercial lease, could exercise an option to renew the lease during the bankruptcy proceedings, even though the debtor was in default under the lease and the lease specified that it could not be renewed if defaults existed at the time the option was exercised.
By David B. Saxe and Danielle C. Lesser
Is This The End of the ‘Yellowstone’ Doctrine?
Recently, New York’s Appellate Division, Second Department, acknowledged that commercial landlords may employ a strategy that prevents tenants from exercising Yellowstone rights, which enjoin the landlord from terminating the lease or commencing a summary proceeding.
Slip-and-Fall Victim Cannot Recover from Landlord or Tenant