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A wave of legislation designed to aid tenants during the COVID-19 pandemic has had an outsized effect on commercial landlord-tenant relations in New York City. The bill that has attracted perhaps the most attention is NYC Administrative Code § 22-1005, known as the “Guaranty Law.” The Guaranty Law canceled the guaranty obligations of qualifying guarantors and left landlords without a remedy to recoup their losses. Notably, the Guaranty Law has been interpreted inconsistently and is the subject of a constitutional challenge in federal court. This has added to the uncertainty of both landlords and tenants, whose obligations and responsibilities remain unclear.
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