December 17, 2020 13 minutes to read ∙ 3000 words

Navigating Early Termination Clauses in Commercial Leases

By Travis D. Hughes and Oscar R. Rivera

Reprinted with permission from Probate & Property, Volume 34, Number 6, November/December 2020, at 11-15. ©2020 by the American Bar Association. All rights reserved. This information or any or portion thereof may not be copied or disseminated in any form or by any means or stored in an electronic database or retrieval system without the express written consent of the American Bar Association.

When states first issued shutdown orders, landlords found themselves scrambling to better understand their rights.

When states first issued shutdown orders, landlords found themselves scrambling to better understand their rights.

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The COVID-19 pandemic and the Spring 2020 global protests that arose from various US police shootings have affected many people on a deeply personal level. These events have also affected many businesses and commercial landlords, whose leadership and counsel have been forced to make difficult decisions in light of government shutdowns, orders, curfews, and damage to property.

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