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Lease Provisions that Should be Re-Evaluated in a Post-COVID World - Part II [Lowndes Leasing Lawyers]

September 28, 2020

In part two of this two-part series, attorneys Andrew Gluck and Nicole Cuccaro discuss additional post-COVID lease considerations, including maintenance obligations, assignment and subletting, insurance coverage and lease security.

In Part I of this series, we discussed how COVID-19 had impacted almost every provision of a commercial lease, including the covenant of quiet enjoyment, continuous use provisions and force majeure clauses, among others.

In Part II, we continue our review of standard lease provisions and arrangements that should be reconsidered in light of the pandemic’s lasting effect.

Maintenance Obligations

As businesses around the world attempt a return to normalcy, it’s become clear that changes in our standard infrastructure will be needed. In the leasing context, landlords and tenants now need to consider and negotiate new building services in response to the pandemic. For instance, landlord and tenants will both have an incentive to make HVAC upgrades to improve ventilation, increase cleaning and janitorial services, add screening procedures and security, and modify elevators and common areas to allow for social distancing. [...]

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Andrew Gluck focuses on real estate transactions, development, finance and commercial leasing work in the retail industry, among others. He provides his clients with technical and practical advice in connection with the acquisition, sale and leasing of commercial real estate of all types, including vacant land, shopping centers, entertainment complexes, office buildings, restaurants, hotels, and other retail projects.

In his practice, Andrew regularly assists clients in negotiating contracts for purchase and sale, performing due diligence, negotiating transfer documents and finalizing the closing of transactions. He has extensive experience handling the acquisitions and dispositions of large, multi-site portfolios throughout the United States.

An Ohio native, Andrew has lived in Orlando since 2007 and is committed to serving the community that has become his adopted hometown. Recognized with the Leadership Award by The Roth Family Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando, his community involvement includes service on the boards of several organizations, including Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Florida, Jewish National Fund Orlando, Shalom Orlando and The Roth Family JCC. 


Nicole Cuccaro concentrates her practice on real estate transactions, real estate development and commercial leasing. She assists a wide range of clients with the acquisition, disposition, leasing and financing of commercial real estate in the retail and hospitality industries.

Before she focusing her practice in the area of real estate law, Nicole handled a variety of commercial and corporate litigation matters and regularly represented lenders and business entities.

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