Since the pandemic began, nearly one-third of commercial leases in the US negotiated since March include the pandemic as a force majeure event, according to a survey by LexisNexis.

Robert DiPisa, real estate attorney and co-chair of the Cannabis Law Group at Cole Schotz, notices similar trends.

"The force majeure language in almost every lease or amendment that I've worked on since March of 2020 has been negotiated to include language covering both the COVID-19 pandemic and future pandemics," DiPisa says.

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Leslie Shaver

Les Shaver has been covering commercial and residential real estate for almost 20 years. His work has appeared in Multifamily Executive, Builder, units, Arlington Magazine in addition to GlobeSt.com and Real Estate Forum.