Written by: Matthew Haan, Esq.  The novel coronavirus and COVID-19 have caused devastating economic consequences in the United States. As thousands of businesses are forced to layoff or furlough employees—or worse, close operations—many landlords and tenants are wondering how the pandemic and related government closures affect their leases for commercial property. Some contracts have force majeure (French for “superior force”) clauses. These clauses contemplate the occurrence of unforeseen events

Written by: Matthew Haan, Esq.  For nearly one month, Georgia was under a shelter-in-place order that only allowed “essential businesses” to remain open during the COVID-19 pandemic. When the shelter-in-place order expired at the end of April, many businesses were excited to re-open. However, in the time since Georgia began to slowly re-open its economy, many businesses have found the re-opening process difficult. Factors such as public skepticism and

Written by: Matthew Haan, Esq. In response to the hardship being felt by millions of Americans caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The Act contains a number of provisions designed to help individuals and businesses get through the severe economic downturn caused by the pandemic. Included in the relief package is a 120-day moratorium on eviction filings. So, what