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5 Elements to Include in Collateral Assignment of Lease/Landlord’s Waiver
Landlords of commercial properties are often asked to sign a collateral assignment of lease and a waiver of the landlord’s lien on a tenant’s trade fixtures and equipment in favor of the tenant’s equipment lender or franchisor. The usual form presented permits the lender/franchisor to enter the leased premises in the event of a tenant default under its equipment loan or franchise agreement, in order to repossess equipment and trade fixtures. This may occur notwithstanding that such a default of tenant’s loan arrangements is not a default under the lease. When coupled with a collateral assignment of lease, the lender/franchisor will have a right to occupy the premises and to subsequently assign tenant’s leasehold to a new tenant/franchisee.
From a landlord’s perspective, there are several key elements to incorporate into these documents:
- The obligation of the lender/franchisor to remove the equipment and trade fixtures at, or promptly after, expiration of the lease;
- The obligation of the lender/franchisor to pay rent and other charges during its possession of the premises;
- The obligation of the lender/franchisor to restore any damage to the premises resulting from removal of equipment and trade fixtures;
- The right of the landlord to approve any future tenant that lender/franchisor may wish to take the place of the existing tenant; and
- The continuing obligation of the existing tenant, notwithstanding the collateral assignment of the lease and any subsequent repossession or assignment of the lease by the lender/franchisor.