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Covid-19 sets up review of force majeure in leases

Commercial real estate lawyers say courts are quiet now, but expect litigation soon on landlord-tenant disputes

Covid-19 sets up review of force majeure in leases
James Papadimitriou is the regional practice lead of the real estate group at McCarthy Tétrault LLP in Montreal.

In a post-Covid-19 world, leases on commercial properties will need to change and adapt, with both landlords and tenants looking for adjustments when it comes to force majeure and insurance provisions, say real estate lawyers. They also suggest that while courts may be quiet now, a tsunami of litigation is sure to come to resolve landlord-tenant disputes coming out of the pandemic and provide better clarity on legal obligations. 

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