Paying commercial rent during the Coronavirus pandemic: what are my responsibilities as a commercial tenant/landlord?

Post Authored by Christian Blume, Illinois Business & Real Estate Attorney

The COVID-19 pandemic has shuttered many businesses throughout Chicago, and the rest of the world.  Retail and restaurants have been hit particularly hard with the required closures.  While businesses try to meet the demands of the ever-changing economy, businesses that rely on in-person consumers and clients are particularly vulnerable during these closure orders.  Business owners are scrambling to pay employees, rent and other bills as they come due, while avoiding layoffs and permanent closures.

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About the Author:

blumreChristian is the Co-Chair of the CBA Young Lawyers Section’s Real Estate Committee. He is a trusted legal advisor that helps businesses and individuals protect and pursue their interests. His practice focuses on real estate and business law (particularly, transactional and dispute resolution). 

Prior to establishing his private practice, Christian worked as an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Chicago Department of Law. He represented the City of Chicago and prosecuted municipal code violations in numerous cases.     

He graduated cum laude from The John Marshall Law School and served as the Managing Editor of The John Marshall Law Review. He also graduated from the United States Air Force Academy, where he majored in Economics.  Prior to law school, Christian owned and operated  a small business. As a small business owner, he came to appreciate the many legal struggles and issues start-ups and small businesses face. 

He currently lives in Lincoln Square with his wife and two small children. Christian enjoys travelling, yoga, reading and spending time with his family in his spare time. 

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