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Commercial landlords: Time to tune up your indemnity provisions

Jeff Brown August 24, 2016
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The California Court of Appeal recently issued an opinion which reminds us to take another look at the “boilerplate” indemnity provisions in commercial leases. READ MORE

Landlords and tenants: To Airbnb or not Airbnb, that is the question

Mitchell Stein January 26, 2016

Among the objections that governments and regulators offer regarding Airbnb are its ability to undermine landlord-tenant law or subvert rent control ordinances (such as removing tenants for the purpose of getting higher short term rents from short term occupants). READ MORE

Move it or lose it: Relocation provisions in commercial lease agreements

August 20, 2015

Not all tenants are created equal. Shopping center landlords can agree that having a high-end retailer on their roster often beats out the local mom-n-pop shop. But what is a landlord to do when that top retailer comes along after the lease with the local mom-n-pop shop is already inked? READ MORE

Would you like toppings on that lawsuit? Exclusive use provisions in retail leases

Jeff Brown July 23, 2015

To avoid future disputes, the parties should clearly and expressly designate those uses that the landlord cannot allow other tenants to undertake. General, broad descriptions can result in litigation later on, as can uses that are too narrow in their description. READ MORE