Tenant Couldn't Rely on Owner's Verbal Assurances

Facts: An owner signed a lease with a tenant that intended to operate a private school in its space after performing extensive renovations. After the owner wasn’t able to obtain an amended certificate of occupancy that would permit the tenant to operate a school, rather than a traditional commercial business the space was zoned for, the tenant sued. It claimed that the owner expressly warranted that it would apply for the amendment immediately, but hadn’t.

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