Mexico City legislation establishes that, lessee may be released of paying rent if, in case of an act of god or force majeure event, the lessee is unable to use the leased area.
Additionally, if due to such event, the lessee is unable to use the leased space for more than two months, they will have the right to terminate the relevant lease agreement.
While commercial lease forms differ substantially, acts of god and force majeure clauses typically offer protection from a litany of events like acts of God (i.e., tornadoes, floods and hurricanes), unavailability of utility service, action by governmental bodies, riots, war, labor strikes and embargos or any circumstance caused by nature or by a third party that is not subject to the control or administration of the party that calls upon the force majeure event. Moreover, last week the COVID-19 spread was defined by the Mexican Supreme Court of Justice as a force majeure event for its own activities. While this is not a general ruling for civil contracts, it sets an important precedent in the context of the current circumstances.