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Landlord Must Complete Improvements to Collect Rent Under Lease

April 30, 2018    

Facts: A marine supply store signed a lease for retail space. Under the lease, the owner of the space needed to complete improvements to the property before delivering possession. The lease included the following in its definition of “delivery”: “Landlord...

Tenant Didn't Waive Right to Collect Damages for Medical Equipment

April 30, 2018    

Facts: The space that a medical office tenant leased for its operations was flooded several times due to leaks in the building’s roof. Each time a flooding incident happened, the tenant informed the owner, who refused to make repairs. The tenant lost over $1.5 million in...

Trial Necessary to Determine Whether Cotenancy Clause Constituted "Liquidated Damages"

April 10, 2018    

Facts: A clothing retailer tenant signed a lease for space at a shopping center. The lease included cotenancy provisions that required the owner to lease space to three major tenants. If all three tenants were open and operating continuously, the retail tenant paid minimum rent...

Landlord's Board Testimony Regarding Damages Was Improper

March 27, 2018    

Facts: A dry cleaning business subleased space in a shopping center. The business owner was also the guarantor on the sublease. The subtenant prematurely vacated the space. The landlord sued the subtenant. A trial court ruled in favor of the landlord, awarding it $343,000 in...

Trial Required to Determine Whether Owner Took Control of Premises

January 23, 2018    

Facts: An owner and tenant signed a lease for a four-story parking garage with two retail spaces below it. The owner served the tenant with a written notice to cure 21 lease violations primarily related to the physical deterioration of the building caused by the tenant. In...

Owner Is Responsible for Common Area Maintenance

December 20, 2017    

Facts: The owner of a movie theater signed a lease for space at a mall. Over a period of time, maintenance issues, like timely garbage removal, became apparent. The tenant asked the owner to take care of maintenance and upkeep, asserting that the lease and common area...

Trial Needed to Determine Whether Site Plan Change Was Permissible

November 22, 2017    

Facts: The lease between a multiple-phase shopping center owner and national tenant indicated that the tenant would occupy a space in building A of phase one in the not-yet-constructed property. The lease contained certain provisions concerning the construction process and the...

Landlord's Ownership Interest in Pylon Not Protected by Tenant's Lease

September 21, 2017    

Facts: A shopping center tenant affixed its name to a pylon sign on the property. The owner of the center disputed the tenant’s right to use the sign. The owner and tenant each asked a trial court for a judgment in its favor without a trial.

Decision:...

Tenant Not Bound by Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing

August 24, 2017    

Facts: A shopping center owner decided to construct a new set of buildings within the shopping center grounds, which would house tenants that would be beneficial to its anchor store, a national clothing retailer. The retailer’s lease contains a clause that requires the...

Tenant's Use of Cooking Equipment Permitted by Lease

July 21, 2017    

Facts: A sushi restaurant began operating in the basement space of a mixed-use brownstone building that included other commercial space and some apartments. It became apparent that cooking odors were wafting into the first-floor commercial space, which was vacant but being shown...

Landlord Couldn’t Collect 'Additional Rent' Not Mentioned in Lease

June 21, 2017    

Facts: A shopping center owner and a restaurant tenant signed a lease for a certain amount of space. Under the lease, the tenant was required to pay monthly rent consisting of two components. The first component, called “Minimum Rent,” involved a flat, base amount...

Right of First Refusal Extinguished Upon Exercise of Option

March 15, 2017    

Facts: Two tenants leased space at a property. The first tenant had a right of first refusal to buy the entire property, including the second tenant’s space, if a third party made an offer. The second tenant had the option to buy its own space at a certain year in its...

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