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Despite some new variants and a possible resurgence in the fall, the pandemic closures seem to be finally coming to an end. And with it, so too have most of the COVID-19 defenses in court cases involving commercial leases. However, all may not be foreclosed for a commercial tenant, particularly where a tenant is able to point to a specific provision of its lease that could excuse its obligation to pay rent during the closure of its business.
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By Sandra D. Buchko
A hybrid workforce has meant that office and retail space is in plentiful supply. These high vacancy rates have caused landlord defaults to be on the rise, making it a tenant-friendly environment for leasing space and obtaining tenant-favorable lease terms. Here is a step-by-step tutorial on how to negotiate the best lease terms and navigate the leasing process while saving money on rent, tenant buildout and operating expenses.
By Adrienne B. Koch
Parties to real estate transactions may be tempted to conclude that a notice of pendency will be available in most instances to protect their rights if things go awry. But while the CPLR’s description of actions in which a notice of pendency is permitted sounds both clear-cut and extremely broad, in practice it is neither of those things.
By Christine G. Barlow
Water issues are often confusing and involve multiple undefined terms such as plumbing, sewer, drain, overflow, or discharge. This article reviews how the terms are applied in the commercial property policy.
By Brian Peykar
The legalization of cannabis in New Jersey has created tremendous economic opportunities for commercial and industrial property owners. Aside from the potential financial benefits, property owners should approach this newer market in a cautious manner before embarking on leasing to cannabis retailers and/or growers given the multitude of issues and concerns surrounding the cannabis industry.