Washington’s Non-Essential Construction Order

  How to Comply with Washington’s Non-Essential Construction Order   On March 23, 2020, Governor Jay Inslee announced a “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order.  Pursuant to this order, Governor Inslee prohibited all non-essential businesses from operating.  However, the prohibition did not apply to “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers,” which many construction companies and industry groups initially…

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…