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Landlord Tenant Law Litigation

In New York: Recovery of Accelerated Rents from a Commercial Lease Guarantor

With an effective rent-acceleration clause and good-guy guaranty, there is a little-used legal procedure that could allow the landlord to quickly pursue the guarantor for lost back and future rents: a motion for summary judgment in lieu of complaint.

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Your commercial tenant went dark and dropped the keys off before the expiration of the lease, leaving you with back rent on the books and no tenant paying ongoing rent. Distress in the retail leasing sector under pressure by ecommerce is making this an increasingly likely scenario. Against a tenant who is no longer in possession, a landlord-tenant summary proceeding is not an option to recover the back rent, and it never could get future rent. But with an effective rent-acceleration clause and good-guy guaranty, there is a little-used legal procedure that could allow the landlord to quickly pursue the guarantor for lost back and future rents: a motion for summary judgment in lieu of complaint.

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