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3 Ways to Protect Yourself When Trading Renewal Rent Breaks for Tenant Improvements

May 25, 2023    

Don’t get burned if the tenant doesn’t complete the improvements work.


Get Inspection Rights to Verify Tenant Compliance with Environmental Laws

May 25, 2023    

Federal and state laws make property owners liable for environmental damage done by a tenant. That makes it imperative to verify that tenants comply with those laws. But a tenant may refuse to grant you access to inspect or perform environmental testing for that purpose. And without clear lease...

Get 7 Protections to Avoid Getting Burned on Tenant Holdovers

April 26, 2023    

Holdovers can be a nightmare for landlords. When tenants don’t clear out after their lease expires, you may have to go to court to evict them. Meanwhile, the replacement tenant can’t move into the space and could end up suing you. Or, if you haven’t yet re-rented the space, the...

Get 3 Protections When Letting New Tenant Keep Furniture Previous Tenant Abandoned

April 26, 2023    

In these hard economic times in which so many businesses are being forced to shut down, it’s not unusual for commercial tenants to vacate their leased space without warning and leave all of their personal property and furnishings behind. In addition to losing a tenancy, landlords then face...

Federal Court Invalidates NYC's COVID-Era Guaranty Law

April 26, 2023    

The ruling opens the door for NYC commercial landlords to recoup unpaid rent from personal guarantors.


By Sujata Yalamanchili, Erin Teske, and Dylan Weber

Provide for 5 Contingencies in Your Assignment/Sublease Clause

March 23, 2023    

Boilerplate leases don’t usually address these scenarios.


Hold New Tenant Financially Responsible for Construction Delays It Causes

March 23, 2023    

Delays are apt to occur any time you perform pre-move-in construction work for a new tenant. Such delays may result in your not being able to complete the work by the date the tenant is required to begin paying rent under the lease. To protect tenants in the event of such a contingency, leases...

Offer New Uses Rather than Rent Cuts for Tenants Adversely Affected by New Laws

February 23, 2023    

Perhaps the only positive aspect of the COVID-19 shutdowns, at least from a commercial leasing perspective, is how it made landlords aware of just how dependent on their tenants they are. The real winners of the pandemic were the landlords that found a way to work together with tenants to adjust...

Get Second Chance to Respond to Tenant’s Assignment or Sublease Request

February 23, 2023    

“Is my landlord going to drag its feet if I try to assign or sublet the lease?” That’s a question that has kept many a tenant lying awake in bed at night. Rather than risk a delay that might ultimately cost them the assignment or sublease, these tenants may insist on requiring...

Get 14 Lease Protections When Letting Tenants Install EV Charging Stations

January 27, 2023    

Jump-start your leases to prepare for tenant demand and legal compliance.


With electric vehicle (EV) purchases on the rise, a new fixture has begun to appear in the parking lots of office buildings, shopping centers, medical facilities, and other commercial properties...

Don't Let Consent to One Assignment Become Carte Blanche for Future Assignments

January 27, 2023    

Boilerplate language requiring tenants to get your consent to assign the lease may not be enough to guarantee your right to consent to future assignments. Thus, in saying yes to a lease assignment, you may be inadvertently consenting to all of the subsequent assignments that the assignee chooses...

Make Tenant Complete Monthly Sales Report Form to Ensure Full Percentage Rent

December 22, 2022    

Percentage rent tenants are typically required to give landlords the monthly sales reports they use to calculate their percentage rent. All too often, though, the tenant provides only its gross sales figure—the amount on which percentage rent is calculated under the lease agreement. It...