March 2018

Top Five Priorities for E-Commerce Tenants

The trend of locking-in an e-commerce tenant is seemingly becoming the “it” transaction for landlords who own industrial, or even to-be-converted retail, properties. While the popularity is increasing, and many landlords think they have the “perfect…

February 2018

How Do You Shop? The Impact of Changing Retail Preferences on Malls, Plazas, and Downtowns

Some malls are struggling to survive, along with their "anchor" department stores. But Americans still want to shop: they're just doing it differently: on-line, downtown, certain big-box stores, outlet centers, and mixed-use developments.  Hinckley Allen …

February 2014

Recognizing the Difference between a Lease and a License in Connecticut

Although the terms are often used interchangeably, a lease and a license are distinctly different under Connecticut law. In its simplest form, a lease is a contract that conveys an exclusive possessory leasehold interest in property; whereas, a license is …

Franchisor Issues in a Lease to a Franchisee: How to Avoid Allowing the Franchisor to Crash the Party

This article will address issues which arise in the context of a lease by a landlord to a franchisee and the issues raised by a franchisor in a proposed addendum to the lease. The franchisor has legitimate interests it desires to protect. A well-structured…

Site Plan Modifications – Traps for the Unwary

Change is inevitable. Projects evolve. Seemingly simple changes to approved projects can sometimes cause unexpected complications. One project we recently worked on illustrates this. A client had obtained site plan approval for a restaurant. Before beginni…