Subordination, non-disturbance, and attornment agreements are often referred to as SNDA agreements. They are generally utilized in connection with real estate leases when there is a mortgage by the landlord to a lender. SNDA agreements provide protection for the lender in that the lessee agrees to subordinate its interest to the lender’s mortgage and in the event of foreclosure by the lender of its mortgage, the lessee agrees to attorn to the new owner and recognize the new owner as the landlord under the terms and conditions of the lease agreement.
SNDA agreements also provide protection for the lessee in that the lease will continue in the event of a foreclosure and a new owner, and the lessee’s use of the premises will not be disturbed or impaired as a result of lessee subordinating its interest under the lease to the mortgage of the lender. For the benefit of the lender, the SNDA agreement will provide that the lease will be subject and subordinate to the mortgage, the lien imposed by the mortgage and all advances under the mortgage. For the benefit of the lessee, the SNDA agreement will provide that a new owner will not terminate or disturb the lessee’s possession of the premises under the lease except in accordance with the terms of the lease, and the new owner will be bound to the lessee under the terms and conditions of the lease agreement.
SNDA agreements should also provide that in the event of a default under the lease by the landlord, that the lessee will provide notice to the lender in order to provide the lender an opportunity to cure the default by the landlord. SNDA agreements provide important protections to both a lender and to a lessee and should be utilized in the lease of premises subject to an outstanding mortgage.