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Author: Austin T. Hamilton, Esq.

I Want to Evict My Commercial Tenant! What Do I Need to Know? Common Defenses to a Commercial Eviction Action

August 26, 2021 Real Estate Development, Sales and Leasing Industry Legal Blog

Commercial landlords may encounter tenants who refuse to pay rent, refuse to vacate the premises after the lease term has ended or fail to cure a material breach of the lease agreement.  In these situations, the landlord may decide to commence eviction proceedings by filing an action for eviction and […]

Unlawful Commercial Evictions: A Cautionary Tale for Commercial Landlords Wanting to Use Self-Help to Retake Possession of Leased Property

June 2, 2021 Real Estate Development, Sales and Leasing Industry Legal Blog

Using “self-help” as a means to evict commercial tenants is no longer acceptable and likely to result in a lawsuit against the commercial landlord.  When a tenant fails to pay rent as it becomes due, breach appears to be undisputed.  After all, paying rent is typically why the tenant is […]

Mitigating Risks Associated with Hotel, Restaurant and Entertainment Industry Economic Challenges – Part 8: Post-COVID-19 Considerations for Lending in the Hospitality Industry

January 22, 2021 Banking & Financial Services Industry Legal Blog

This series has provided a high-level overview of various options and considerations available to lenders during the current uncertainty surrounding lending in the hospitality industry. It is without question that lending institutions will see significant changes as a result of COVID-19 and with the incoming presidential administration. The first-half of […]

Mitigating Risks Associated with Hotel, Restaurant and Entertainment Industry Economic Challenges – Part 7: Expediting the Commercial Foreclosure Process Under Section 702.10, Florida Statutes

January 14, 2021 Banking & Financial Services Industry Legal Blog

The first half of this series evaluated options available to lenders prior to instituting a commercial foreclosure action.  The second-half of this series has evaluated available options to lenders during the pendency of the foreclosure action.  Since there are additional considerations for lenders dealing with lending to hotels, restaurants and […]

Mitigating Risks Associated with Hotel, Restaurant and Entertainment Industry Economic Challenges: Part 6 – Considerations for the Appointment of a Receiver During Commercial Foreclosures

December 29, 2020 Banking & Financial Services Industry Legal Blog, Real Estate Development, Sales and Leasing Industry Legal Blog

As discussed in parts 1-4 of this series, lenders have several options prior to instituting a commercial foreclosure action.  Additionally, as briefly discussed in part 5 of this series, during the foreclosure action, lenders have options to try to preserve the value of the underlying collateral and to minimize further […]

Mitigating Risks Associated with Hotel, Restaurant and Entertainment Industry Economic Challenges: Part 5 – Commercial Foreclosures 101

October 22, 2020 Banking & Financial Services Industry Legal Blog, Real Estate Development, Sales and Leasing Industry Legal Blog

Sometimes, foreclosure of a commercial property is the only option available to lenders and servicers to limit losses as a result of defaults on hotel and restaurant mortgages.  Parts 1-4 of this series discussed pre-foreclosure options available to lenders dealing with hotel/restaurant mortgage defaults.  This article provides a high-level overview […]

Mitigating Risks Associated with Hotel, Restaurant and Entertainment Industry Economic Challenges: Part 4 – Assignment of Rents Under Section 697.07, Florida Statutes

September 22, 2020 Banking & Financial Services Industry Legal Blog, Florida Business Litigation Blog, Real Estate Development, Sales and Leasing Industry Legal Blog

Parts 1-3 of this series explored alternative pre-foreclosure loss mitigation options for lenders including acceleration and enforcement of personal guarantees. This article explores Section 697.07, Florida Statutes, which governs the assignment of rents. Assignment of Rents under Section 697.07, Florida Statutes Pursuant to Section 697.07, Florida Statutes, a mortgage or […]

Mitigating Risks Associated with Hotel, Restaurant and Entertainment Industry Economic Challenges – Part 3: Commercial Mortgage Default Options Including Acceleration and Enforcement of Personal Guaranties

July 30, 2020 Banking & Financial Services Industry Legal Blog, Florida Business Litigation Blog, Real Estate Development, Sales and Leasing Industry Legal Blog

In reviewing a loan file after a default by a borrower, lenders should evaluate whether the loan includes an acceleration clause and whether the loan is secured by any personal guaranties. With commercial loans, typically the loan documents will include an acceleration clause, which allows the lender to accelerate all […]

Does a Commercial Landlord Have a Duty to Mitigate Damages After a Tenant Breaches the Lease Agreement?

July 15, 2020 Florida Business Litigation Blog, Real Estate Development, Sales and Leasing Industry Legal Blog

Generally, a commercial landlord does not have a duty to mitigate or reduce its damages after a tenant breaches the commercial lease agreement.  See Coast Fed. Savs. & Loan Ass’n v. DeLoach, 362 So. 2d 982, 984 (Fla. 2d DCA 1978).  However, there is an exception where the commercial landlord […]

Mitigating Risks Associated with Hotel, Restaurant and Entertainment Industry Economic Challenges – Part 2: Pre-Foreclosure Loss Mitigation Options

June 24, 2020 Banking & Financial Services Industry Legal Blog, Florida Business Litigation Blog

After a borrower default, lenders have multiple options to consider.  While foreclosure may be inevitable, with the right facts and strategy, lenders can minimize their risk and maximize their potential recovery. Part 1 of this series provided a general overview of the series and initial considerations for lenders dealing with […]

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