Landlords, or their realtor agents, often make assurances to prospective tenants about such things as future advertising plans, or expectations regarding future tenants of adjoining premises. Some of these landlord statements become incorporated into the lease; others do not. Commercial leases almost always contain an "entire agreement" clause, which confirms that there are no agreements or representations between the parties, other than what is set out in the written lease. This clause gives certainty to the "deal" between the parties, and is intended to prevent tenants from trying to rely on some previous statement given by the landlord outside the lease. If tenants wish to be clear that some such statement is part of their tenancy, they need to insist that the statement be put in the written lease.
January, 2016 - For the 15th year, Gregory Gehlen again contributed to the Bankruptcy and Insolvency chapter for the Annual Review of Law and Practicepublished by the Continuing Legal Education Society of B.C. (the educational arm of the B.C. Law Society). The Annual Review is intended to give lawyers and other readers an overview of key developments and trends in B.C law from the previous year.