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Are you a landlord considering ending a commercial lease in New York City but unsure if you can do so? Breaking a lease can be a sensitive legal matter that requires careful consideration and understanding of the applicable laws. A commercial real estate lawyer can guide you through the entire process, from reviewing the lease agreement to handling disputes effectively.

Legal Grounds for Terminating a Commercial Lease

New York City landlords must have specific legal grounds to terminate commercial leases. One common reason is a tenant’s breach of contract. If a commercial tenant fails to pay their rent on time, violates their lease terms, or uses the property for unauthorized purposes, a landlord could have grounds to terminate the lease. 

Additionally, some leases contain special clauses that allow landlords to end the lease under certain conditions, known as “break clauses.” These clauses must specify the circumstances under which the landlord can terminate the lease early, and landlords must adhere to these terms precisely to enforce break clauses legally.

Landlords must follow all legal procedures when terminating leases to avoid lawsuits. If you are considering terminating a commercial lease, a real estate attorney can help you understand your rights and responsibilities and make informed decisions.

Insufficient Reasons for Breaking a Commercial Lease

Not all circumstances provide legal justification for breaking a commercial lease. For instance, personal disagreements or minor complaints about tenant behavior do not provide legal grounds for termination. Similarly, the desire to lease a property to someone else for a higher rent is not a valid reason to terminate an existing lease. You also cannot break a lease just because you decide to buy or sell a property. New property owners must honor existing commercial lease terms unless they include specific clauses that state otherwise.

Breaking a commercial lease without sufficient legal reasons can lead to significant legal and financial consequences. You might face lawsuits for unlawful eviction or be required to pay monetary damages to tenants. Always consult a real estate attorney before taking any actions to ensure your intentions align with New York laws.

How a Commercial Real Estate Lawyer Can Help

If you are a landlord in New York City looking to break a commercial lease, an experienced real estate lawyer can help you by:

  • Reviewing Lease Agreements: Your lawyer will examine the lease to identify any clauses allowing you to terminate the agreement legally. This includes break clauses or other specific conditions that favor your position.
  • Advising You on Legal Grounds for Termination: An attorney can inform you about the legal grounds that justify lease termination under NYC law. This will enable you to act within the law and avoid unnecessary legal trouble.
  • Handling Tenant Negotiations: Your lawyer can negotiate with tenants on your behalf. This might involve discussing lease buyouts, early termination agreements, or other arrangements that can lead to a mutually agreeable solution.
  • Drafting Legal Notices: If termination is unavoidable, your lawyer can draft and deliver the required legal notices to the tenant. These documents must comply with legal standards to be enforceable.
  • Representing You in Court: If the lease termination leads to a legal dispute, your lawyer can represent you in court. They will prepare and present your case, aiming to protect your interests and reach a favorable resolution.
  • Managing Legal Documentation: Throughout the process, your lawyer will handle all legal documentation, from notices to court filings, so that everything is in order.

Contact an NYC Real Estate Attorney Now

Ready to discuss breaking your commercial lease in New York City? Contact Levy Goldenberg LLP today for an initial consultation. Our team will review your situation, offer legal advice, and guide you through your options for achieving a legal termination of the lease.