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Commercial lease dispute pits pizzeria against NY building owners

The relationship between a business and the landlords that oversee the company's lease (if the business does not have its own space) can be a tenuous one. Some of these commercial real estate relationships are strong, and the tenant and landlord are able to work through their differences. But if the two parties have a strained relationship, then any dispute is likely to turn south in a hurry.

Take the case of an owner of the New York pizzeria "Pizza da Solo." He leases space in the Sony Building, which was recently sold for $1.1 billion. The pizzeria owner also has a restaurant down the street from his location in the Sony Building.

The pizzeria owner says the problems all began after the sale; the Sony Building landlords said the restaurant was in violation of its lease in multiple ways. The charges by the landlord said the restaurant produced too much trash that was tossed all over the atrium level of the Sony Building; and the landlords said that the pizzeria owners' second location was taking away business from the Sony Building location.

The two parties are now locked in a court battle as the Sony Building landlords look to boot the pizzeria, and the leasing business owner hopes to remain on the premises.

Whenever two parties enter into a commercial leasing contract, each side needs to be properly represented by an attorney to make sure the contract is appropriately drafted. In addition, if a dispute does arise down the line, the landlord and tenant will want to call upon their legal aid to ensure their dispute is properly handled.

Source: New York Times, "Sony Wants Pizzeria Out of Building in Midtown," C.J. Hughes, Aug. 13, 2013

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