Author Archives: Matthew R. Chait

What happens when a tenant’s business becomes illegal during the lease term?

When the tenant’s business is made illegal during the term of the lease, the tenant’s business is likely to disappear altogether, leading to a likely default. What that means for the landlord and tenant may come down to drafting. CONTINUE READING...

Does filing a lawsuit challenging property taxes get you out of paying them while the suit is pending?

Taxpayers must remember that filing a lawsuit to challenge your county property appraiser’s valuation of your property, or denial of an exemption from ad valorem taxes, does not get you out of paying while the suit is pending. What happens, though, when the lawsuit covers one tax year but goes on for more than one? CONTINUE READING...

My marina has to pay property taxes but yours doesn’t?

Does a marina serve a public purpose? Does it matter if the marina is owned by a city or a private business owner? CONTINUE READING...

Why many manager removal provisions are doomed to fail

Even well-drafted partnership and operating agreements often relegate one key topic to boilerplate language: how to remove a manager of the business when the partners disagree on how it is being run. CONTINUE READING...

The sky is falling…does the tenant still have to pay rent?

It’s a common commercial landlord-tenant showdown – a tenant accuses its landlord of failing to make repairs and threatens to withhold rent. But can a tenant legally do that? CONTINUE READING...