Seattle Commercial Buildings & Construction Defects

Washington Moratorium on Commercial Evictions

  Washington Moratorium on Commercial Evictions   On March 17, 2020 the City of Seattle issued an Emergency Order imposing an immediate moratorium on evictions and lease terminations of tenancies of any small businesses (50 or fewer employees) and nonprofit corporations. This moratorium is effective until the earlier of (i) the date the Mayor of…

Can Landlords Force Tenants to Continue Operating Their Business?

Many commercial leases include an operating covenant or continuing operations clause pursuant to which the Tenant promises to continue operating its business through the term of the lease.  This clause is intended to protect the Landlord’s interest in future sales and to prevent unexpected and unsightly vacancies which negatively affect neighboring tenants and thus the…