Can I negotiate a change to my lease?

You can approach the property owner to negotiate a change to your lease, but both you and the property owner must agree to the new terms to make the change. If the closures and restrictions required by Oregon to enforce social distancing are affecting your ability to pay your lease, reach out (or have your attorney reach out) to the property owner right away, before you miss a payment. It may be more difficult to negotiate changes after you miss a payment and are already in default; plus, it is the respectful thing to do. Most property owners will appreciate that you’re being proactive. If you have a difficult relationship with the property owner, though, you may want to have your attorney review your lease first and then have your attorney reach out to the property owner’s attorney.

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1. What should I do if I can’t pay the rent for my small business?
2. Can the federal CARES Act help me pay my rent?
3. Does Oregon’s “no evictions” order apply to commercial leases?
4. Can I negotiate a change to my lease?
5. Why would the property owner be willing to negotiate changes to my lease?
6. How do I approach negotiating with the property owner?
7. What are some terms that I can consider offering the property owner?
8. If I am able to reach an agreement with the property owner, can we just agree over the phone?
9. I can’t pay rent and can’t reach the property owner. Should I send them a letter explaining? Is that enough to forestall an eviction in the future?
10. What if I already missed a rent payment and the property owner sent me a default notice?
11. Am I still responsible for paying rent if I have to close my business?
12. Will a “Force Majeure” or “Impossibility” clause get me out of the lease?
13. What if my lease states that I have to be open during certain days and hours?
14. What if the property owner wants to cancel my lease because the location is good and they think they can get more money from another tenant?
15. What if I have to declare bankruptcy?
16. If I am a month-to-month tenant, how does this impact my lease?
17. I do not know if I have a lease (or can't find a copy of my lease). What should my next steps be?
18. Where can I find more resources?