Owner Can't Collect Late Fees After Lease Was Terminated

February 8, 2011
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Facts: An owner and a staffing agency tenant signed a three-year lease for office space. Under the lease terms, the owner could charge a $25-per-day late-rent fee. The owner later sued the tenant for breach of the lease, and the tenant abandoned the space before the end of the lease term. The owner exercised its right to terminate the lease and enter the space. The owner asked the court for a judgment in its favor without a trial.

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