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Revisit a Lease Form with Lessons from the Pandemic in Mind
This was originally published in The Daily Journal of Commerce Oregon. COVID-19 affected businesses of all kinds, but few more completely than commercial landlords. The early months of the pandemic saw landlords and tenants alike carefully scrutiniz...
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Commercial Landlords & Tenants: Amendment Provides Opportunities to Negotiate Deferred Payment Arrangements
Recent legislation has expanded opportunities for commercial landlords and tenants to negotiate deals to defer certain rent payments during the COVID-19 pandemic with less fear of later losing the arrearage payments as preferences if the tenant files...
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Strategies for Commercial Landlords to Manage Tenants in COVID-19 Distress
On Monday, the Seattle City Council passed Resolution 31940 calling on Governor Jay Inslee, federal legislators, and the Trump administration to impose an immediate moratorium on residential and commercial rent and mortgage payments. This resolution...
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Portland-Area Consumer Price Index Discontinued
Many local commercial leases use the Portland-area consumer price index ("CPI") to calculate periodic rent adjustments. That index was discontinued in 2018.  For commercial landlords and tenants whose leases rely on the now-discontinued Portland...
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Planning for Snowstorms in Commercial Leases
With Portland weathering one of its top-ten snowstorms of all time earlier this month, one question that landlords and prospective tenants alike are asking is how to plan for snow and ice storms in their leases.            The allocation of responsi...
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Poorly Drafted Leases Can Cause Headaches for Tenants and Landlords (Part II of II)
Continued from Part I . . . These 10 common problem areas can easily be avoided by paying attention to details. 6. Outside the Premises A tenant should think beyond the four walls of the premises and consider whether it needs to use any amenities,...
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