Lessors: Prepare For Federal Gov't Holdovers Amid Pandemic

By David Ralston and Julia Di Vito (August 6, 2021, 5:29 PM EDT) -- As a side effect of the uncertainties in the commercial real estate market due to the COVID-19 pandemic, federal government agencies occupying commercial office space may well decide to remain in place despite expiration of their respective leases.

As federal agencies struggle to deal with the implications of COVID-19, particularly the Delta variant, in a host of contexts, remaining in their current premises can be a relatively easy decision compared to moving to a new facility under a new lease.

Indeed, the current crisis comes on the heels of a widespread federal agency practice of using lease holdovers — where the...

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