This article appeared in Commercial Leasing Law & Strategy, your monthly source for practical, must-have information on the business and legal aspects of commercial leases.

Many landlords of shopping centers and other commercial buildings have been asking whether landlords can begin eviction proceedings or exercise other lease or legal remedies now that tenants have missed April rent payments. While there are currently several bills in various stages of being passed into law in several states as of early April, which would restrict, on a temporary basis, the eviction of commercial tenants from their leased premises for failure to pay rent, the current restrictions only apply to residential tenants throughout the country.