Some commercial landlords consider indemnification clauses in leases to constitute mere “legal boilerplate” that do not merit attention from a business perspective. Some lawyers, feeling pressure to minimize the length of lease documents, may seize upon this clause as an opportunity to save space. As a result, it is not uncommon to encounter abbreviated indemnification clauses.

At first glance, the language of abbreviated clauses appears suitable. However, when put to the test, these “lite” clauses often leave landlords unsatisfied. This article demonstrates the value of “kicking it up a notch” by including ingredients called for in the recipe but often left out of the mix.

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