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Holdover Tenancies (Revisited)

Holdover Tenancies

Last year, I wrote the following blog entry on holdover tenancies and the right of the landlord to collect an increased rent rate during any holdover period:  http://rrlawaz.com/2010/07/holdover-tenancies/   The increased rent rate is typically 125% – 200% of the last month’s rent rate.

From the landlord’s perspective, the right to collect increased holdover rent serves two primary purposes: (1) the increased rent allows the landlord to recapture some of the damages associated with a tenant’s failure to timely surrender the premises, and (2) the increased rent provides a disincentive to the tenant to wait until the end of the lease term to negotiate for a lease extension.  Both of these purposes assume that the tenant is not welcome to continue as a month-to-month tenant upon lease expiration and that the landlord has a tenant ready to move into the premises upon lease expiration.

Read the rest of this entry at: http://rrlawaz.com/2011/07/holdover-tenancies-revisited/

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Recapture of Abated Rent If Tenant Defaults

Recapture of Abated Rent If Tenant Defaults

In today’s market, it is common for landlords to give fully or partially abated rent as a lease concession to tenants.  Occasionally the abated rent is staggered throughout the term (e.g., one month’s rent is abated every year), but more often the abated rent is front-loaded at the beginning of the term.  Abated rent is factored into the overall economics of a lease deal, based on the tenant’s payment of rent during the entire length of the term.  Landlords should make sure that the lease allows the landlord to recapture the abated rent in the event of a tenant default.

Read the rest of this blog entry at: http://rrlawaz.com/2011/05/recapture-of-abated-rent-if-tenant-defaults/

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Existing Superior Rights to Additional Space

Existing Superior Rights to Additional Space

When negotiating a right to additional space (e.g., expansion right or right of first refusal or first offer), tenants should confirm with the landlord that no superior rights exist to the same additional space.  If other rights do exist, those rights will be superior and the tenant’s right will be subject to the existing rights.  Typically, a tenant assumes that its rights are exclusive or superior to any other rights.  That may not be the case.

Read the rest of this blog entry at: http://rrlawaz.com/2011/05/existing-superior-rights-to-additional-space/

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Continuous Operation

Continuous Operation

Most retail landlords (and some office landlords) require continuous operation clauses in their leases. Continuous operation clauses require that the tenant remain open for business during center hours during the entire lease term. With a continuous operation clause, a tenant must not only pay rent, but also must be open for business. Landlords require continuous operation because tenants in shopping centers are interdependent on one another for success. A full, open center benefits all of the tenants and enhances the value of the property.

Read the rest of this blog entry at: http://rrlawaz.com/2011/04/continuous-operation/

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Importance of SNDAs

Importance of SNDAs

The Subordination, Non-Disturbance and Attornment agreement (the “SNDA”) is a critically important document in commercial lease transactions, specifically for lenders and tenants.  The SNDA provides that: 1) the lease is subordinate to the loan (important to the lender); (2) the landlord will not disturb the tenant’s occupancy so long as the tenant performs under the lease (very important to the tenant); and (3) the tenant will attorn (i.e. recognize) the lender as its landlord if a foreclosure occurs (important to the lender).

Read the rest of this blog entry at: http://rrlawaz.com/2011/04/importance-of-sndas/

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Relocation Rights

Relocation Rights

Landlord-form commercial and retail leases frequently contain a provision that allows the landlord to relocate the tenant to another space in the building or project if desired by the landlord. In my experience, over the past three or so years, landlords nearly always have given up this right during lease negotiations. In fact, landlords often delete this provision before delivery of the lease to the tenant for review. As the leasing market begins to rebound, I am seeing landlords hold firm on relocation rights. Accordingly, tenants should understand how to negotiate appropriate limitations on landlord relocation rights.

Read the remainder of this post at: http://rrlawaz.com/2011/03/relocation-rights/

Liability for Intoxicated Customers

Liability for Intoxicated Customers

As a member of the real property section of the American Bar Association, I receive the bi-monthly publication Probate & Property.  In the January/February 2011 edition, the editors highlighted and summarized a recent Texas case (Del Lago Partners, Inc. v. Smith, 307 S.W.3d 762 (Tex. 2010)) regarding landowner liability for aggressive, intoxicated customers.

To read the remainder of this blog entry, click on the following link: http://rrlawaz.com/2011/01/liability-for-intoxicated-customers/

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