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The do's and don'ts of restrictive covenants in New Jersey commercial lease agreement legal disputes.

Jul 8, 2021

Kiritsis Law Offices. Call: 212 922 0005

Written By:  John Kiritsis, Esq., CPA, MBA, MS, JD, LL.M


A restrictive covenant is an agreement that restricts the value a party may derive from the premises. Leases may be written, oral, or implied. The planning above does NOT account for non-real property.


“Additional rent” is an important concept in New Jersey landlord-tenant law. The lease should describe specific uses a party may utilize the property.

In several municipalities throughout the State of New Jersey, there may be some type of regulatory requirements which impose (generally, the burden would fall exclusively or mostly to landlords) the obtaining of rental license and Certificate of Occupancy Good Standing type of documents, prior to being able to legally enter into a lease agreement.


The practical restraints brought on to the operations of the New Jersey Judiciary System by the Coronavirus-related shutdowns, may have made much of the substance of this brief analysis, an incomplete and/or incorrect generalized explanation, of what is an already heavily technical and complicated topical area, within the study of jurisprudence.


To better assist in a quest of further analyzing this type of question(s) as revolving per this legal guide article, it may be useful to make additional inquiries, such as: Is it legal or practical to allow tenants to sublease? Are the premises that include rent or occupancy use complaint with recent building code regulations?  Should the lease contain specific clauses regarding issues with security deposits?


Our firm can help you draft, review, negotiate, and execute any type of New Jersey real property lease agreement. We are open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. We offer prospective clients both exhaustive and comprehensive leasing law practice services, including the following:


Residential lease contract agreements.

Non-rent regulated residential lease agreements.

Rent regulated residential lease contract agreements.

Rent regulated stabilized residential lease agreements.

Rent control regulated residential lease contract agreements.

Commercial lease agreements.

Office space lease contract agreements.

Industrial occupancy lease agreements.

Warehouse commercial use lease contract agreements.

Warehouse storage lease agreements.

Office space use lease contract agreements. 

Medical space use lease agreements. Kiritsis & Associates (212)–922–005.   

Co-habitation lease contract agreements. 

Shared office space use lease agreements. 

Gross lease contract agreements. 

Netted lease agreements. 

Single net lease contract agreements. 

Double net lease agreements. 

Triple net lease contract agreements. 

Commercial leases with time extension option provisions.

Real property lease contract agreements. 

Addendum and side deal real property lease agreements. 

Lease contract agreements modifications. Kiritsis & Associates (212)–922–005. 

Existing lease assumption lease agreements. 

Cancellation of real property lease contract agreements. 

Cancellation of residential lease agreements. 

Cancellation of commercial lease contract agreements. 

Barbershop and beautician related lease agreements. 

Gas station and related use lease contract agreements. 

Restaurant and related use lease agreements. 

Food establishment and related use lease contract agreements. 

Deli and bodega related use lease agreements. 

Liquor store and other related use lease contract agreements. 

Bar and tavern related use lease agreements. 

Parking space and garage related use lease contract agreements. Kiritsis & Associates (212)–922–005.   

Religious institution and related use lease agreements. 

Church and related use lease contract agreements. 

Morgue and related use lease agreements. 

Synagogue and related use lease contract agreements. 

Buddhist temple and related use lease agreements. 

Hinduism temple and related use lease contract agreements. 

Non-profit and related use lease agreements. 

501 (c) 3 organization and related use lease contract agreements. 

Lease sales back terms lease agreements. 

Lease contract agreement contracts with option to purchase clause.

Development site lease agreements. 

Tax favored lease contract agreements. Kiritsis & Associates (212)–922–005.   

Farming related lease agreements. 

Agriculture and related use lease contract agreements. 

Livestock related use lease agreements. 

Poultry related use lease contract agreements. 

Timber related use lease agreements. 

Mineral rights related use lease contract agreements. 

Oil drilling related use lease agreements. 

Laboratory and medical testing related use lease contract agreements. 

Riparian and water rights related use lease agreements. 

Buffet-style restaurant use lease contract agreements. 

Dining hall use lease agreements. 

Landlord-focused and customized lease contract agreements. Kiritsis & Associates (212)–922–005.   

Tenant-focused and customized lease agreements.

Construction project centered lease contract agreements. 

Condo lease agreements. 

Co-op lease contract agreements. 

Condo co-op lease agreements. 

Condo-type building premises lease contract agreements. 

Co-op-type building premises lease agreements. 

Condo co-op building premises lease contract agreements. 

Single family dwelling lease agreements. 

Two family dwelling lease contract agreements. 

Three family dwelling lease agreements. 

4-plex property lease contract agreements. Kiritsis & Associates (212)–922–005.   

Multi-family property lease agreements. 

Mixed-use property lease contract agreements. 

Commercial use building premises lease agreements. 

Industrial use property lease contract agreements. 

Locker room/storage type lease agreements. 

Adults-only recreational use lease contract agreements, including: Strip clubs, Marijuana dispensaries, etc.

Master lease agreements. 

Co-op propriety lease contract agreements. 

Hypothecating, equity-utilization, leveraging lease agreements. 

Drafting lease contract agreements.

Negotiating lease agreements. Kiritsis & Associates (212)–922–005. 

Lease contract agreement and document review services.


We offer prospective clients services throughout the state of New Jersey, including the following counties:






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Potential relevant citations and informational references:


U.S. Constitution

New Jersey Eviction Statutes Act

New Jersey Board of Bar Association 

American Bar Association 

Truth in Renting Act

Truth in Lending Act

New Jersey Attorney General's Office

Sailor and Soldiers Civil Relief Act

New Jersey Department of Civil Rights Division

New Jersey Law Journal

New Jersey Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Law

New Jersey Lawyer Magazine

New Jersey Department of the Treasury 

New Jersey Secretary of State

New Jersey Judiciary -- Superior Court

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development 


Berzito v. Gambino, 63 N.J. 460 (1973)

Reste Realty Corp. v. Cooper, 53 N.J. 444 (1969)

Fargo Realty, Inc. v. Harris, 173 N.J. Super 262

Fonnerjian v. Moskowitz, 237 N.J. Super 395 (App. Div. 1989)

Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co., Inc. v. Checchio, 335 N.J. Super 495 (App. Div. 2000)

Schultz v. Kneidl, 56 N.J. Super 575 (L&W Div. 1959), Id. 59 N.J. Super 382 (App. Div. 1960)

Hoffman v. Seidman, 101 N.J.L. 106 (E. & A. 1925)

Sparks v. Lorentowicz, 105 N.J. Eq. 189 (E. & A. 1930)

Garden State Plaza Corporation v. S.S. Kresge Co., 78 N.J. Super. 485

Hous. Auth. & Urban Redevelopment Agency of City of Atl. City v. Taylor, 171 N.J. 580 (2002)

McBride v. Port Auth. of N.Y. and N.J., 295 N.J. Super 521, 685 A.2d 320 (App. Div. 1996)

Milacci v. Mato Realty Co., 217 N.J. Super 297, 525 A.2d 1120 (App. Div. 1987)

Ahlstrom v. TMC Properties, LLC, 2010 WL 3834505 (App. Div. 2010)

Berg Agency v. Sleepworld–Willingboro, Inc., 136 N.J. Super 369 (App. Div. 1975)

Perlman v. Lee, 2014 WL 4916999 (App. Div. 2014)

Clearview Farms, LLC v. Fannon, 145 A.D.3d 1556 (N.Y. App. Div. 2016)

Islip U-Slip, LLC v. Jack’s of Route 23, Inc., 166 N.J. Super 36 (App. Div. 1979)

Cox v. Simon, 278 N.J. Super 419 (App. Div. 1995)

Ringwood Assocs., Ltd v. Jack’s of Route 23, Inc., 166 N.J. Super 36 (App. Div. 1979)

Caris v. Way, 192 N.J. Super 536 (Law Div. 1983)

River Road Assocs. v. Chesapeake Display and Packaging Co., Inc., 104 F.Supp.2d 418 (D.N.J. 2000)


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