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(Russia) Rent Reduction Opportunities Due to Coronavirus

WatersOAG Law Firm lawyers provide legal support on matters related to reduction of rental payments for the use of real estate such as offices, warehouses, store premises, etc.

Measures introduced by the Russian Federation include the following methods of payment reduction in applicable situations:

Option 1. Exercise the right to reduce rental fees without altering other conditions of the lease

Method 2. Exercise the right to delay rental payments

Method 3: Modify other conditions of lease contracts which affect rental fees

Method 4. Identify other methods to alter rental fees

WatersOAG lawyers specialize in real estate and land matters successfully helping tenants identify their rights to reduce rental payments, conduct appropriate negotiations and properly document new agreements.

How we can help:
  • Conduct legal assessment of specific situations and the possibility of applying certain measures to reduce rent in connection with the corona virus issues;
  • Determine the deadlines for applying for the relevant rental benefits;
  • Conduct negotiations with lessors;
  • Prepare letters of demand, letters of notification, draft additional amendments to lease agreements, etc.;
  • Represent tenants in court on all matters regarding rental payments.

For immediate assistance contact WatersOAG Law Firm, Ms. Olesya Galkova by phone +7.495.989.2279 or via info@watersoag.com

(Russia) NON-Fulfillment of Commercial Contracts in Connection with Coronavirus

The governments of different countries have taken measures in connection with the threat of infection with Coronavirus. Such measures may affect the ability to fulfill obligations under commercial agreements both by your company and by your counterparties with respect to your company. So, for example, measures associated with the closure of enterprises, factories, may affect the ability to purchase and supply certain goods. Measures in connection with the transfer of employees to quarantine can slow down or suspend business processes.

The possibility of using force majeure circumstances (Article 401 of the Civil Code of Russia) or other legal instruments (Articles 416, 417, 451 of the Civil Code of Russia) in order to fully or partially refuse to fulfill obligations under a commercial contract should be assessed from the point of view of applicability to each specific obligation.

In other words, Coronavirus is not an automatic reason for terminating the contract. Otherwise, the company may receive a lawsuit in the future to recover damages.

Lawyers of WatersOAG will conduct a legal assessment of the contracts and the nature of the obligations, as well as specific circumstances that can or cannot be used as the basis for a complete or partial refusal to fulfill obligations in your case.

How can we help:
  • Assessment of commercial contracts and substance of obligations.
  • Assessment of the possibility of using Coronavirus as a circumstance for a complete or partial refusal to fulfill obligations (due to Articles 403, 416, 417 or 451 of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation) under the contract.
  • Preparation of a notice to counterparties on a complete or partial refusal to execute contracts in connection with Coronavirus.
  • Assessment of risks of refusal to execute contracts.
  • Legal assessment of positions of counterparties that violate the fulfillment of obligations referring to Coronavirus.

(Russia) Coronavirus related Remote Work Organization and Legal Support to Companies and Employees

Companies are concerned about possible safety of their employees when doing business under the threat of coronavirus infection.

WatersOAG  provides legal advice on the following matters:

  • Employees’ remote work organization
  • Time off,  temporary disability granting and calculation
  • Business trips (including to epidemically disadvantaged countries) organization
  • Idle time at work implementation
  • Remuneration policies evaluation and adaptation
  • Assessment of the legal consequences of certain actions of employers or employees in the face of the threat of coronavirus infection.

In case of questions on this subject, please contact WatersOAG through Mr. Eugene Shemakhansky +7.495.989.22.79 ext. 322.