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Since the publication of the authors’ article 15 years ago in the New York Law Journal titled “Self Help Evictions: The Neglected Commercial Remedy,” it has been unanimous by all lower and appellate courts that self-help evictions are enforceable. As of the time of this writing, commercial judicial evictions are banned but extra-judicial evictions such as self-help are not only being used as an effective way to evict a commercial tenant but have been the only means since the pandemic started to garner a legal eviction.
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By Bruce H. Lederman
At a time when the COVID-19 crisis is causing an unprecedented number of lease defaults, a recent NY Court of Appeals decision provides both guidance and warnings to attorneys asked to negotiate and litigate leasehold surrender agreements.
By Erika B. Morphy
If commercial real estate is going to have a successful 2021, it will require the ability to seek out unexpected advantages.
By Warren A. Estis and Alexander Lycoyannis
As the COVID-19 pandemic and its accompanying economic fallout continue to unfold, commercial tenants have increasingly come to rely on the common law doctrines of impossibility of performance and frustration of purpose as defenses to the nonpayment of rent.
By Lucas Ferrara
On Oct. 29, 2020, a Manhattan real-estate firm filed four separate class-action lawsuits highlighting three different maneuvers landlords used to evade the requirements of a tax-abatement program.