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Jan 05, 2018

Why Waive Subrogation?

In most commercial leases, there will be a reference to a waiver of subrogation, or similar concept. Usually, it is the landlord who requires the tenant to waive subrogation by procuring a policy that expressly waives any right of subrogation by the tenant’s carrier against the landlord. This is a unilateral waiver as it only requires that the tenant waive subrogation.» Read More

Oct 13, 2017

Time to Change The Locks

Many times, a commercial landlord really does not want to evict a non-paying tenant – particularly in those instances where the landlord is trying to keep up appearances at a center – but is left with little choice when a tenant falls so far behind in rent that the landlord is compelled to sue for possession.

In New Jersey, the eviction process is streamlined and allows a commercial landlord to swiftly regain possession of its property when the tenant has failed to pay rent.» Read More

Jul 07, 2017

What Exactly is Privity?

One of the knocks against the legal profession is that it uses terms that are obscure or undecipherable by the rest of the population. One of those terms is “privity.” It gets thrown around in some circles with less than a full understanding of what the term means and how it may apply. Generally, the term “privity” connotes a close, direct, or successive relationship; one having a mutual interest or right.» Read More

Feb 22, 2017

Landlord Pre-Lease Execution Checklist

As with anything worth pursuing, the better prepared a landlord is before signing a lease the better off the landlord will be should any difficulty arise during the term of the lease. Below is an outline of items a landlord should address prior to signing a lease as part of due diligence:

  • Document the condition of the premises. Take pictures of the entire inside and outside of the property and keep handy any repair invoices.
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Oct 12, 2015

Sometimes A Building Is Just A Building

The New Jersey Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of a residential landlord, Anna Mae Cashin, who sought to evict Marisela Bello. Bello lived in a single family home located on Cashin’s property, which also contained another building with five residential units.

Cashin had tried several times in the past to no avail to get Bello, who had occupied the property since 1973 at a nominal rent, to leave.» Read More

Jul 02, 2015

Consent Judgements: Not Always What They Appear To Be

On many occasions, a commercial landlord and a tenant who find themselves in court together will enter into a consent judgment as a means to resolve their dispute in order to avoid the time and expense of a trial. The courts provide basic consent judgment forms that the parties may revise to fit their specific situation. A consent judgment will usually contain payment terms with which the tenant must either comply or risk eviction.» Read More

Dec 16, 2014

Anatomy Of A Tenancy Trial

If you are a commercial landlord, then chances are you have a relatively good relationship with your tenants. However, there are instances where a landlord and one of the tenants fall into a toxic relationship, or the tenant simply runs into financial difficulties resulting in nonpayment of rent, forcing the landlord to file an eviction action.

What can a landlord expect to have happen at the trial?» Read More

Nov 08, 2011

The Importance of Drafting Proper Notices to Quit in a Commercial Tenancy

In an unpublished decision, issued on November 7, 2011, by New Jersey’s Appellate Division, the importance of drafting a notice to quit in accordance with the law is highlighted.  In Sanguiliano v. Walker, 27-2-4205 App. Div., Plaintiff’s summary dispossession action was based on her alleged disorderly conduct and violations of the landlord’s rules and regulations.  The dispossession action was governed by the requirements of the Anti-Eviction Act.  » Read More

Oct 20, 2011

The Landlord’s Liens

I previously wrote in this blog about the distraint process available to commercial landlords in New Jersey – a sometimes cumbersome process the purpose of which is to put into the landlord’s pocket at least some of the back rent due from a defaulting tenant (see The Distress of Distraint). In addition to the distraint statutes, there are other means available by way of statutes and contract provisions to protect a commercial landlord’s entitlement to unpaid back rent. » Read More

Jul 21, 2011

Commercial Landlord Has an Implied Obligation to Maintain Shopping Center

On July 7, 2011, the New Jersey Appellate Division affirmed a trial court ruling that where a lease requires a tenant to operate a “quality jewelry store” in a “first class and reputable manner,” the landlord has an implied obligation to maintain the shopping center in a good condition.

In Wallington Plaza LLC v. Taher, the trial court concluded that while the lease obligated tenant to sell only quality jewelry, it also imposed a responsibility on the landlord to keep the premises in a reasonable condition as a tenant would expect if he had to operate a first-class business to make prospective customers welcome.  » Read More

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