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Royal Decree-Law 15/2020 dated 21 April setting urgent complementary measures to support economy and employment (Official State Gazette April 22 de, 2020) NON-RESIDENTIAL LEASES.

With this Royal Decree-Law Spanish Government offers instruments to mitigate the impact of the Covid-19 crisis in the drastic fall in income in small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) and professionals that were either forced to suspend their activity or indirectly affected by their clients or suppliers in these circumstances.

The aim is to provide a legal instrument to moderate or reduce rental costs from non-residential urban leases of premises used by SME, self-employed and professionals in their business or professional activities, (retail stores, warehouses, offices, etc.) regulated under the current Law 29/1994 of November 24 on urban leases(“ULL”) or industry leases – it should be noted that leases regulated by the previous urban lease legislation are left out.

This Royal Decree bases its solutions on the “rebus sic stantibus” jurisprudential doctrine (to a certain extent equivalent to the hardship of Anglo-Saxon Law), which allows to moderate contractual obligations provided that certain requisites are fulfilled by the cause of the imbalance: unforeseeable and inevitable risk, disproportionate onerousness of the obligation due and contractual good faith, it all to reduce operating costs of SME and the self-employed, let’s see:

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