These are confusing times for landlords and tenants of both commercial and residential property. The purpose of this article is to provide some clarity to clients of Woodburn and Wedge and any other readers on current issues in leasing.
Following his declaration on March 12, 2020, of a state of emergency resulting from the outbreak of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in the State of Nevada, Governor Sisolak issued Declaration of Emergency Directive 008 (the “Directive”) on March 29, 2020. The Directive had the effect of staying certain evictions and lockout proceedings, as well as foreclosure actions.
Since entry of the Directive and the Nevada Supreme Court, district court, and justice court orders that followed, a number of clients have contacted Woodburn and Wedge with landlord-tenant questions and issues. Below is a brief summary of my current recommendations to clients. For a more detailed analysis of the reasoning behind these recommendations, please visit the Current Issues in Residential and Commercial Leasing article.
Whether commercial or residential, I encourage my landlord clients to (i) be in communication with their tenants, (ii) remind their tenants of their obligation to pay rent, and (iii) work in good faith with their tenants to come up with payment plan workout agreements (including agreements concerning the amount of and frequency of rent payments while the Directive remains in effect).
This subject is moving rapidly. Keep an eye out for further updates and helpful articles on this and other relevant topics. Be well, and stay healthy.
Shay L. Wells is a shareholder at Woodburn and Wedge. His practice focuses on business and corporate law, entity selection and formation, mergers and acquisitions, and real estate and other commercial transactions. He can be reached on his direct line at (775) 688-3012, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.