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Sarah O’Mahony: Practical considerations for both landlords and tenants

Sarah O’Mahony

Sarah O’Mahony, associate in the real estate team at William Fry, explores the challenges ahead for landlords and tenants of commercial property.

As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, landlords and tenants of commercial property have had cause to closely consider their respective obligations under a lease. Many businesses have closed, whether pursuant to a directive from Government, to safeguard staff or because of a huge fall off in trade.

A lease is a contract between the parties and, failing the enactment of specific legislation altering the relationship between landlords and tenants or relieving either party from their lease obligations in light of COVID-19, the provisions of the lease remain fully in being.

We consider below some of the key questions being posed to us so far in the context of COIVD-19:

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