Interestingly, after the stay-at-home orders, tenants and their advisors focused their lease reviews almost exclusively on the tenant’s lease obligations and whether they were excused, but spent little time reviewing the landlord’s obligations and whether they were excused.
Category: COVID 19
Remote working is here to stay, and it will certainly become an integral part of the law firm work paradigm going forward. However, as law firms start to contemplate how this WFH trend will impact their office footprints in the future, they should be careful not to blindly follow what other industries are doing.
Despite children in the background and a lack of preparation, this [work from home] arrangement seems to be working. However, before we become too enamored of this new work paradigm, we should appreciate that its relative success is due only to the strong foundations that were built in the office prior to the pandemic.
Any contemplated change in design or layout by a tenant should account for the fact that, like the Spanish Flu of 1908, COVID-19 won’t be around for long. When it leaves, a company’s office design and configuration needs to make sense and needs to be cost effective. A blind rush to the latest and greatest could be very costly.
The same happens in commercial real estate. When one tenants moves out, another will be moving in. If the current tenant cannot vacate in time, that exposes the successor tenant who won’t be able to move in on time. One holdover begets another holdover. Luckily for the real estate world, these broken chains are usually few and far between and the impact can be mitigated through overtime workers, temporary space or even paying some punitive holdover rent. Now, however, we’re in completely unchartered waters.