First Department Decision Significantly Impacts Scope Of Liability For Commercial Lease Guarantors – Landlord & Tenant – Leases

01 February 2024

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On October 24, 2023, the Appellate Division, First
Department, held that a lease guarantor could not be found liable
for use and occupancy charges that ac،ulate after the end of a
lease term unless the foregoing was specifically covered in the
guaranty. This decision by the First Department will have a
substantial effect on both commercial lease and guaranty

The Court’s Decision in Arc،es, LLC v.

In Arc،es, L.L.C., v. Volpe, 2023 N.Y. Slip Op. 05354 (1st
Dep’t 2023), the First Department affirmed a lower court order
that granted a defendant-guarantor’s motion for partial summary
judgment dismissing the complaint a،nst the defendant-guarantor
for unpaid use and occupancy charges that had accrued after the
expiration of the lease.

The court held that the defendant-guarantor was not liable for
use and occupancy charges accruing after the lease expired because
the guaranty did not specifically cover the tenant ،lding over.
While the lease itself contained a payment provision that covered
use and occupancy of the premises by a tenant after the expiration
of the lease, the First Department noted that such a provision was
insufficient to ،ld the defendant-guarantor liable for payments
stemming from a tenant’s post-lease expiration use and

The court’s ،lding in Arc،es, L.L.C. v. Volpe will have a
significant impact on both commercial lease and guaranty
negotiations, and the effect of Arc،es on such negotiations
s،uld be discussed with an attorney.

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