Everything Restaurants Need to Know About Dealing with Their Landlord

A real estate veteran explains what to do if the rent is due and you don't have any income, and what help might be ahead.

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Episode 62: Everything Restaurants Need to Know About Dealing with Their Landlord

It's nearly the first of the month and for most businesses (and people) the rent is due. But what happens if you're a restaurant owner who has had to scale back or shut down entirely due to coronavirus? Can you just not pay, or is there anything the government is working on to help? Food & Wine senior editor Kat Kinsman happens to be responsibly socially distancing alongside an expert on the matter: her husband Douglas Wagner, who is a 25-year veteran of the New York City real estate industry. As the subway rumbled under their Brooklyn apartment and one of their dogs kept offering damp toys, they discussed the best ways for communicating with landlords during this difficult time, what risks commercial and residential renters face, what rights they have, and what help might be coming along.

Note: Because the podcast had to be recorded in a less than ideal setup, the sound quality may not be as crisp as usual. We're all doing our best.

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About: Douglas Wagner

About: Our Dogs

Read: The F&W Pro Guide to Coronavirus: What Restaurants Should Know

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