What to do if my father holds a commercial lease to a convenience store with a few major problems?

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What to do if my father holds a commercial lease to a convenience store with a few major problems?

There is no heat, in fact no heating facilities at all; the landlord is not accepting responsibilities to cover costs to add one. Recently, the landlord signed a lease to allow a competing convenience store in the same strip mall, right next to our convenience store. What are our rights for both of these matters? The landlord is clearly acting in a way that’s not conducive nor in good faith to a commercial tenant’s business.

Asked on September 29, 2012 under Real Estate Law, New Jersey

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

I suggest that the best way to try and resolve the situation that your father is in with respect to the commercial lease that he is in is to carefully read the document to see what obligations the landlord has as to him concerning repairs and competition and then consult with a commercial landlord tenant attorney as to what legal recourse he has.

The written commercial lease presumably in effect controls how your father resolves the matter you are writing about.


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