Is it legal for a business to pay a plaza owner money to not allow any perceived competition from moving into that same plaza?

Asked on November 4, 2015 under Real Estate Law, Florida


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

It is absolutely legal: there is no law saying that any business must be able to have any location--rather, it is up to the landlord which businesses to allow. The landlord is allowed to refuse to allow businesses in which compete with existing tenants, especially if those existing tenants are paying something extra for exclusivity or a lack of competition.

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