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Landlord’s Self-Help Remedy Lands Them in Court with Tenant

I have blogged in the past how landlords who exercise self-help remedies do so at their own peril. The Vitamin World v. Hartz case is a prime example of what happens when a commercial landlord simply padlocks someone’s business — the business owner goes to court! In this instance, however, it appears that Hartz made a business decision to shut down the Harmon Cove Outlet Center, which had been performing poorly, and offered to relocate its existing tenants to other Hartz Mountain properties. Apparently, Vitamin World likes where it is at and refuses to budge.  Sounds like a game of chicken to me.  Next stop — the Appellate Division.