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Arizona Appeals Court Joins Other States In Holding COVID-19 Shutdowns Not an Excuse for Missed Rent Payments

The court affirmed a lower court’s decision granting the landlords’ motion for summary judgment, after determining the applicable force majeure provisions and common law doctrines the tenants relied on didn’t excuse payment obligations.


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Joining several other state and federal decisions from around the country, the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled that the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent state restrictions and shutdown orders were not excuses for tenant Fitness International to miss their rent payments to its landlord Vereit Real Estate under its commercial lease.

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