Understanding a Landlord’s Ability to Increase the Tenant’s Share of Operating Expenses

In a commercial lease setting, in addition to the monthly rental payment, the tenant is often obligated under the lease agreement to reimburse the landlord for the tenant’s “Pro Rata Share” of certain “Operating Expenses” (sometimes called Common Area Maintenance expenses or CAM), which share is commonly determined by comparing the rentable square footage of the tenant’s leased space to … Continue reading »

Undercover Tenant-Screening Stings are Ensnaring Well-Intentioned, Unsuspecting Landlords

Blog post written by Scott Feir and Jay Corker Free. Ensuring tenant safety just became more challenging. HUD and the Washington State Attorney General’s Office recently informed landlords that turning down housing applicants based on their criminal records may constitute unlawful race-based discrimination — even if they have no intention to discriminate — because such a policy has a disproportionate … Continue reading »

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Scott E. Feir to Present at US Shopping Center Law Conference

MPBA attorney, Scott Feir, will speak at the 2014 U.S. Shopping Center Law Conference in Orlando, Florida on Saturday October 25th, 2014. Scott and San Francisco attorney Martin Orlick will present alternative resolution strategies for the top ten issues in landlord and tenant lease defaults, which include: Default Notices Defaults Related to ADA Compliance The Failure to Enforce or Comply with … Continue reading »