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How to Limit Your Liability for Negligence and COVID-19 Infection

December 17, 2020    

Although premises liability and the risk of negligence litigation are perennial concerns for commercial property owners, COVID-19 infuses these issues with a new immediacy. The nightmare scenario: Tenants and/or their employees, customers, vendors, or other invitees who get COVID will claim they...

Protect Yourself When Letting Tenants Tap Security Deposit to Pay Rent

November 18, 2020    

The tenant security deposit is the piggy bank that you don’t want to break open while the lease remains in effect, unless it’s absolutely, positively necessary. And with COVID-19 cases resurging and the prospects of business shutdowns looming, we may be getting close to that...

Landlords Draw First Blood in Battle for Coverage of COVID-19 Losses

October 21, 2020    

Do financial losses that a landlord, tenant, or other business incurs as a result of COVID-19 and the resulting government shutdowns count as a “direct physical loss” covered by business interruption insurance?

How to Protect Yourself When Giving Tenants an Option to Contract

September 18, 2020    

By enabling tenants to surrender part of their space, contraction options can keep tenants viable, out of bankruptcy, and in their leases. This may be the perfect antidote to the staff reductions, stay-at-home orders, and uncertainty over future space needs created by the pandemic.

Rework Lease Notice Provisions for the Pandemic World

August 25, 2020    

By Matthew S. Raczkowski, Esq.

How to Give Tenants Future Pandemic Rent Relief

July 24, 2020    

ADOPT SEVEN KEY PROTECTIONS IN YOUR LEASES FROM NOW ON.

 

As businesses reopen, landlords and tenants should be thoroughly preparing for the next public health crisis. One key question both sides will have to address in their future leases: To what, if any, kind of rent...

Get Reopening Tenants to Use 'Contact Logging'

June 17, 2020    

It’s in your interests to ensure tenants maintain social distancing in the leased space.

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Dealing with Nonpaying Tenants During Pandemic: The Current State of Eviction Suspensions

May 19, 2020    

How do eviction suspensions impact your legal rights with regard to a tenant in default?

 

Get Eight Protections When Giving Tenants COVID-19 Rent Relief

April 20, 2020    

While each lease is different, COVID-19 generally doesn’t excuse tenants’ duty to pay rent. But, in times of pandemic, having the lease on your side may not count for much. The simple fact is that for many landlords, strict enforcement of lease rent obligations is not a realistic...

How to Use Your Lease to Limit Coronavirus Disruption, Damage & Liability

March 17, 2020    

We’ll look at three coronavirus scenarios and the lease clauses you can use to address them.

 

The coronavirus has taken the world by surprise. And that includes commercial landlords and tenants. But there’s a big difference between lack of warning and lack of...

How to Avoid Liability for Retail Tenant's Sale of Counterfeit Goods

February 19, 2020    

We’ll give you seven lease protections against liability for “contributory infringement.”

 

 

Big fashion houses and producers of luxury goods have found a new and effective way to combat counterfeiting: Rather than chase after the small-...

Use Lease to Manage Liability & Financial Risks for Mass Shootings & Terrorist Attacks

January 23, 2020    

We’ll give you 10 tips for minimizing liability risks from shooting sprees and terrorism.