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Force Majeure in Commercial Leases: Doctrine of Impossibility and Business Interruption Insurance

My most recent article provided a short explanation of force majeure provisions in commercial leases and how landlords and tenants will need to carefully review the language to determine if any obligations by either party can be excused due to the worldwide coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. But as is typical with this crisis, facts on the ground are changing every day and now many states and localities are enforcing the closing of businesses and refrain from public gatherings. In particular, restaurants and bars have been closed. Based on the feedback I have received, I thought it would be helpful to explore a few more related issues.

How is the Local Office Leasing Market Doing a Year After the Amazon HQ2 Announcement?

The Northern Virginia office market had a total vacancy rate of 18.3% in the fourth quarter of 2019. This represents a continuing gradual strengthening of the market as it was the eleventh consecutive quarter with positive net absorption. That said, vacancy rates are still higher than before the great recession ten years ago. Much of the positive absorption recently is from the transportation corridor (Route 66 from Arlington to Tysons, and then along the Toll Road to Dulles), but there has been a positive but slow rebound for off-Metro locations as well. 

What Should Landlords Consider When Leasing to a Restaurant Tenant?

As reported by the National Restaurant Association and other industry experts, there are over one million restaurants in the US, but the failure rate is very high (a majority close within three to five years). With online shopping and delivery becoming more and more prevalent, landlords of all types have faced increasing vacancies for traditional retail stores. As a landlord of an office, mixed use, shopping center or stand-alone retail pad seeking to fill a vacancy, there are five important factors to consider before marketing the property or executing a lease agreement with a restaurant.

Landlord's Liens in Commercial Leases - Part 2

Landlord Waiver Agreement in Favor of Tenant’s Lender

As noted in part 1 of this article, the tenant’s lenders will also want a security interest in the tenant’s personal property to secure the repayment of the tenant’s loan obligations, creating a conflict between the lien rights of the landlord and the lender. Because of this conflict, as a condition to the financing, a lender will typically request that the landlord execute a waiver of its security interest.

Landlord's Liens in Commercial Leases - Part 1

Banks that provide financing for commercial tenants and the real estate landlords for those same tenants both want additional security in the tenant's personal property located at the premises. The interests of the landlord and the lender are in conflict. The landlord is looking to secure the tenant's rental obligations by taking a lien against the tenant's fixtures, inventory, and equipment located in the space, which may be particularly valuable in the case of certain retail, restaurant or industrial tenants. At the same time, the tenant’s lender providing tenant improvement and/or working capital financing desires a security interest in the same property. A landlord’s lien may be created, depending on the state, under statutory lien rights, the common law, or by contract under the terms of the lease, and gives the landlord the right to levy the property located at the demised premises of a defaulting tenant.

Guaranty of Leases. How to Protect the Interests of Both Landlords and Tenants? Part 2

In Part 1 of this series, the definition of guaranty and the means for landlords to enforce guaranties was discussed.

Recognizing that the guaranty is a condition to entering into a lease, and its leverage is limited, the guarantor would still like to limit its exposure under a long-term lease. At the same time, the landlord wants the security of an unlimited and unconditional guaranty, at least until such time as the tenant has a track record of success or can provide better financials. Because these competing interests are critical business terms, any attempts at limiting the guaranty need to be raised early in the lease negotiation process by tenant and preferably at the time of the negotiation of the letter of intent.

Guaranty of Leases. How to Protect the Interests of Both Landlords and Tenants? Part 1

As a condition to entering into a new lease, landlords often require a guaranty of lease from a personal or corporate guarantor in connection with those tenant entities that do not have either a high enough net worth or annual revenue, or for whatever other reasons do not meet the landlord’s financial criteria. A guaranty of lease is a covenant by the guarantor to be responsible for the obligations of the tenant. For example, for a tenant business set up as a new limited liability company that has one or two principal owners, the landlord will likely require that the owners personally guaranty the tenant’s obligations under the lease since the limited liability company would have little or no assets and no track record. Or for a tenant entity that is a wholly owned subsidiary of a parent corporation, the landlord will likely require that the parent corporation serve as the guarantor.

Winding down our update of the first round of Case Watch opinions, the Virginia Supreme Court has finally released its long awaited decision in Tir Conaill Properties, L.C. v. 2401 Wilson, LLC, Record Number 090855. Although the opinion is quite short at only three pages, it is chock full of warnings to the unwary litigator.

This case involved a commercial lease dispute between Tir Conaill Properties, L.C., the tenant, and 2401 Wilson, LLC, the landlord. The day before trial, 2401 Wilson filed a pre-trial memorandum, arguing for the first time that Tir Conaill’s complaint should be dismissed because it failed to file a certificate for transacting business under an assumed name as required by Virginia Code Section 59.1-69 (A).