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Create Win-Win Property Insurance Deal with Tenant

August 3, 2018    

Tenants large and small are attracted to the best deals for commercial space. But savvy tenants know that bottom line-friendly deals aren’t limited to items like comparatively low base rent rates or generous concessions and improvement allowances that beat offers from other landlords....

Foreign Investors to Bolster U.S. CRE Market

August 3, 2018    

Despite an uncertain political climate, foreign investors are keen to continue investing in U.S. commercial real estate. In fact, the U.S. continues to be the single largest recipient of foreign direct investment (FDI) in the world, to the tune of more than $450 billion from other countries...

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

August 3, 2018    

If you’ve signed a lease with a tenant that contains a “subrogation” clause, you might think that you’re off the hook for damage caused in the space. That’s because most subrogation clauses include a waiver from the tenant stating that the owner isn’t liable...

Require Tenant to Get Environmental Insurance

July 12, 2018    

A big part of successfully running a shopping center is ensuring the safety of tenants, their employees, your employees, and customers. With security cameras or a security guard and alarms, you might think that you have the safety aspect of your operations locked down. But here’s something...

Protecting Yourself When Bankrupt Tenant Suggests Assignee

July 12, 2018    

Unfortunately, tenant bankruptcies are something you’ll probably have to face if you own an office building or shopping center long enough. You need to take every step possible to protect yourself. The good news for shopping center owners is that bankruptcy laws give you more assignment...

Sticking to Rent Payment Dates in Lease

July 12, 2018    

Q: In my lease with a new tenant at my shopping center, I agreed to waive rent payments until I completed tenant improvements that had been negotiated. But I’m having financial difficulties and would like to start charging the tenant...

Leverage Tenant’s Personal Property to Protect Bottom Line

June 7, 2018    

In recent years, filling space at shopping centers with smaller, non-traditional tenants rather than large national stores (many of which are suffering financially) has been a successful strategy for landlords. If you’re taking advantage of this rapidly growing trend, you should be aware...

Securing Release from Litigation

June 7, 2018    

Q: I’ve had some minor but time-consuming lease issues with a tenant at my shopping center, but its store is important to the overall center’s plan. It doesn’t have a renewal option but I am considering renewing its lease...

Negotiate Tenant’s Waiver of Declaratory Judgment

June 7, 2018    

Occasionally, a tenant that is displeased with something at the space it leases will ask a court for declaratory relief. This is a judgment from a court declaring something about the lease provisions, such as who is responsible for a certain thing if the tenant and owner are disputing...

Commercial Lease Law Insider Wins Newsletter Award

June 6, 2018    

On June 6, Commercial Lease Law Insider was recognized in the Best Business Newsletter category of awards presented by the Specialized Information Publisher’s Association (SIPA) at its annual conference in Washington, D.C. The judges based their decisions on 2017...

Don’t Fall into Rent Abatement Trap

May 4, 2018    

Rent abatement is frequently mentioned when discussing commercial leases. But it’s not as simple as including a clause that spells out the circumstances under which tenants are entitled to withhold rent. There are many variables and, if you don’t draft rent abatement provisions...

Boosting Base Rent to Improve Bottom Line

May 4, 2018    

Most shopping center and strip mall owners are always looking for ways to bring in more income. If you’re negotiating leases with some prospective tenants to fill vacant space and they’ll be paying percentage rent and base rent, there are often-overlooked ways to boost your rent...