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When a Commercial Tenant Goes on Offense

We were nearly a year in to a heated battle with a retail tenant. In court, I was representing the landlord. Each side had hundreds of thousands of dollars on the line and the whole case was now turning on the judge’s interpretation of a few words in the lease. This was a Yellowstone Injunction… Continue Reading



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Landlord & Investor Q&A September 2018: Presented by Attorney Jim Clark

In this segment Jim Clark answers the most popular questions that come up through his interactions with landlords and real estate investors through his presentations to local organizations, networking, one on one conversations as well as direct posting through his web site and social media. This month the following questions are addressed: Percentage rent structures… Continue Reading



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You Are the Reason for Your Tenant Woes

Tough words to hear, but true. I work with landlords all day, and I see all kinds of ways they get into trouble. Some troubles come by natural disaster and others come from malicious tenants, but all of it causes much distress to landlords. So what can you do about it? If you’ve voluntarily become… Continue Reading



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Beware the Ides of March

Beware the ides of March. These famous words mark the day that Julius Caesar was tragically assassinated to death by his senate. Caesar’s stabbing followed a period of unrest in ancient Rome, and eventually led to Rome’s transformation from a republic to an empire. However, the ominous origins of this phrase are rooted in literature…. Continue Reading



The Downside of Being a Landlord

It’s 1am and your cell phone is ringing.  It’s one of your tenants.  A call at this hour, they’re not calling to say hi.  There’s a major problem.  What could it be?? You reach for the phone with a pit in your stomach.  Another day in the life of a landlord, right? Being a landlord… Continue Reading



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FAST Evictions in New York

No landlord wants to evict a tenant, they would rather that the rent gets paid, the tenant complies with the lease terms, and the landlord leaves the tenant to quiet enjoyment, but sometimes landlords have no choice. Fast Evictions: They’re All About Speed, Strategy, and Tact It’s evicting a tenant as quickly as possible, which… Continue Reading



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Making the Jump to Commercial Real Estate

I see it happen to successful residential real estate investors all the time. They get to a point where they’re doing a little bit of everything – working on rehabs, picking up some residential rentals to hold, assigning some of their contracts when the numbers  make sense and looking at bigger deals. They’re in a… Continue Reading



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Landlords, Avoid Cash Flow Disruptions

A tenant has left and your rental unit has gone dark. Or, worse, you were forced to evict several tenants. Losing tenants is a landlord’s worst nightmare, but at a certain point, you must accept responsibility. For the time being, this means that you are losing a major source of income. You must also consider… Continue Reading



Guarantors and Summary Eviction Proceedings

The guarantor of a lease agreement cannot be made a party to a New York summary eviction proceeding, unless the guarantor also has some independent possessory interest in the property. A landlord’s eviction of a tenant in New York State is primarily achieved through a nonpayment or holdover summary proceeding under Article 7 of the Real… Continue Reading