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Michael Polentz, co-chair of the real estate and land practice group at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP Michael Polentz, co-chair of the real estate and land practice group at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP

PALO ALTO, CA—Nick Jones and Michael C. Polentz of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLC review the question of whether an agreement described as a lease does in fact create a legal tenancy is often litigated in California courts, and a court’s decision on whether a landlord-tenant relationship exists can have significant consequences on the rights and remedies of the parties.  In the exclusive commentary below, the co-chair of real estate and land use practice group, along with Jones, an associate, say that “The existence of a tenancy can trigger the requirements of (and potential penalties associated with) the Subdivision Map Act or cause the levying of possessory interest tax, and a court’s characterization of an agreement to use real property can impact a wide range of legal issues, from tort liability to eminent domain.”

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