Commercial Leasing in a Public Health Crisis: Community Economic Development Clinic Offers Resources and Information

Due to the recent executive order Nos. 202-202.14 Declaring a Disaster Emergency in the State of New York, and the declaration of a national emergency, many of the small business and not-for-profit clients of the Community Economic Development Clinic with commercial leases were forced to close their doors. Some have started requesting consultations about their leases, wondering if they have grounds to negotiate rent abatements for March or April. To be able to address these lease-related questions, our Clinic, which is operating remotely, would like to offer resources and information.

We are providing a series of presentations and an information guide for small businesses and not-for-profits with questions about how to get through these challenging times.

In addition, we are offering a remote brief advice clinic, where clients can meet over video conference for free with a pro bono attorney and law students.

The presentations are as follows:

Commercial Leasing in the Current Health Care Crisis – Part One

Commercial Tenant Protections to Abate Rent During an Emergency – Part Two

Current Resources for Small Businesses – Part Three

Accompanying Part Three is a resource guide including governmental and non-governmental resources for small businesses/ not-for-profits.

These resources do not replace the advice of an attorney. Please consult an attorney in your areas about your specific circumstances.

For updates, and more information about receiving services, please complete an intake form to request legal services from the Community Economic Development Clinic, and keep up with us on social here and here.