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A tenant that has been renting space from you for many years might be paying less in rent than you think the space would be worth to a new tenant. If the tenant approaches you about exercising some type of option or right under its lease, don’t be tempted to try to use your consent as leverage to raise its rent. A recent Alabama case dealt with this issue and the owner ended up losing its argument. In ruling in favor of the tenant, the Supreme Court of Alabama said that it agreed with several other jurisdictions that concluded that it’s unreasonable for an owner to withhold consent to an assignment in order for the owner to charge a higher rent or otherwise to improve the owner’s economic position.