Rent Obligation 'Survived' Owner's Reentry

Facts: The owner of space leased by a kitchen and bath product retailer locked the tenant out of its space after it paid partial rent for several months and then stopped paying rent altogether. The tenant claimed that it was relieved of the obligation to pay rent after the owner locked the tenant out of the leased premises. The owner asked a trial court for a judgment in its favor without a trial and for damages. The trial court granted the request. The tenant appealed.

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