In this installment of “Covid-19 Conversations,” VinePair CEO Adam Teeter interviews Eric Bernheim, partner at Halloran Sage, one of Connecticut’s leading law firms that specialize in real estate and commercial transactions.

Bernheim, a restaurant and bar real estate attorney, outlines strategies for small businesses and the steps they can take to negotiate rent reduction and abatement with landlords. At a time when payments are piling up, clear communication and planned proposals can diffuse the tension between both sides of rental agreements. Bernheim discusses specific legal provisions and clauses to consider, realistic ownership of carrying costs, and the adoption of safety precautions during business reopening.

Berheim especially encourages restaurant and bar owners to engage with local and state government for reopening information and resources. He advises that local politicians and attorneys will have some of the best access to localized guidelines for proper reopening measures.

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