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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 Michael R. Leighton
Numerous shopping center developers use a “layer-cake” of financing, including state and federal tax incentives to reduce the costs of debt and equity financing. The industry correctly saw that the market value of the credits would drop once the Jobs Act become effective. Such tax cut could undoubtedly impact the ability of developers to raise equity, certainly for new projects not yet placed in service.
By Erika Morphy
One of the many provisions of last year’s tax overhaul was the creation of a little-noticed program called Opportunity Zones, which was designed to give investors tax breaks for investments in designated areas. Now, attention is starting to pick up as the program takes shape.
By Michael B. Gerrard and Edward McTiernan
The courts issued 41 decisions in 2017 under the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act, and changes were made to regulations themselves this year. This article summarizes the most important of these cases and regulation changes, and the patterns they represent.
Tenant Improvement Does Not Shift Repair Responsibility Away from Landlord
Attorney Fees Not Court-Ordered Cannot Be Recouped by Withholding Rent