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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.
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.