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Beginning in late March with In re Modell’s Sporting Goods, Inc., No. 20-14179 (Bankr. D.N.J.), some bankruptcy courts in retail Chapter 11 cases have been allowing debtors to suspend post-petition rent payments to their landlords, in contravention of the long-accepted practice, based on Bankruptcy Code Section 365(d)(3), that such payments must continue to be made as they come due in the ordinary course of business.
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By Alan Nochumson and Clementa Amazan
Part One in a Series
Over the years, the city government has amended the Philadelphia Zoning Code to include incentives to increase the amount of housing units as well as the size of such building structures. Over the course of several articles, we will be discussing the “zoning” bonuses a property owner can take advantage of when developing a property within city limits. This part delves into the Mixed Income Housing Bonus, Green Roof Bonus, and the Fresh Food Market Bonus.
By Adam Leitman Bailey and Dov Treiman
Few landlords and commercial tenants have been completely immune from the governmentally imposed economic shutdown and COVID-19’s wrath. Not including what may have been negotiated in a commercial lease, there are three traditional theories under which commercial tenants could seek to assert entitlement to forgiveness of their rent.
By Marisa L. Byram
As we all expected, cases are being brought and decided on the issue of whether the COVID-19 pandemic and related governmental shut down orders trigger force majeure clauses in commercial leases and operate to excuse the performance of commercial tenants. While force majeure clauses vary widely, a recent decision from an Illinois Bankruptcy Court may provide guidance to help resolve disputes without resorting to the courts.
By Ian Steinberg
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio delivered another striking blow to property owners when he signed into law N.Y.C. Council Int. No. 1932-A (2020) on May 26, 2020. The new legislation prohibits landlords from enforcing personal guaranties on certain commercial leases for defaults occurring between March 7, 2020 and Sept. 30, 2020.