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ARTICLE XVI PAYMENT BY LESSEE AND DISTRIBUTIONS TO LESSEE
16.1 Payment of Base Management Fee. On the tenth (10th) day of each month during the term of this Agreement, Manager shall be paid out of the Operating Account, the Base Management Fee for the preceding Accounting Period, as determined from the books and records referred to in Article XV.
16.2 Payment of Incentive Management Fee. On the sixtieth (60) day after the end of each Fiscal Year during the Term of this Agreement, Manager shall be paid out of the Operating Account the Incentive Management Fee for the preceding Accounting Period, if any, as determined from the books and records referred to in Article XV.
16.3 Distributions. Subject to retention of Reasonable Working Capital (including any amounts as required by the Capital Improvement Budget) and retention of such reserves as may be required under any Hotel Mortgage and/or Ground Lease, as applicable, Manager shall deliver to Lessee from the Operating Account, any Excess Working Capital for the preceding Accounting Period on the 25th day of the following month, and such amounts of Lessee’s money in the possession or under the control of Manager as Lessee shall from time to time request. “Excess Working Capital” shall mean any Working Capital remaining after payment of Deductions, Management Fees, allocations for reserves and retention of Reasonable Working Capital. For purposes of this Article “Reasonable Working Capital” shall mean an amount reasonably determined by Manager as shall be necessary for Manager to operate the Hotels in accordance with the Applicable Standards based upon the Annual Operating Budget and projected Gross Revenues for such Fiscal Year. Manager’s determination of Reasonable Working Capital shall be made at the same time as the monthly financial statements are prepared pursuant to Section 15.2 hereof, but in no event shall such amount exceed a sum equal to a ratio of current assets to current liabilities of 2:1 (but excluding from such calculation cash restricted or unavailable under any Cash Management Agreement).
ARTICLE XVII RELATIONSHIP AND AUTHORITY
Lessee and Manager shall not be construed as partners, joint venturers or as members of a joint enterprise and neither shall have the power to bind or obligate the other except as set forth in this Agreement. Nevertheless, Manager is granted such authority and power as may be reasonably necessary for it to carry out the provisions of this Agreement. This Agreement, either alone or in conjunction with any other documents, shall not be deemed to constitute a lease of any portion of the Premises. Nothing contained herein shall prohibit or restrict Manager or any affiliate of Manager from operating, owning, managing, leasing or constructing any hotel of any nature or description which may in any manner compete with that of the Premises, except as otherwise set forth in the Strategic Alliance Agreement; provided that Manager agrees to comply with the conflicts policies of MHI. Except as otherwise expressly provided in this Agreement, (a) all debts and liabilities to third persons incurred by Manager in the course of its operation and management of the Hotels in accordance with the provisions of this Agreement shall be the debts and liabilities of Lessee only, and (b) Manager shall not be liable for any such obligations by reason of its management, supervision, direction and operation of the Hotels as agent for Lessee. Manager may so inform third parties with whom it deals on behalf of Lessee and may take any other reasonable steps to carry out the intent of this paragraph.
ARTICLE XVIII DAMAGE, CONDEMNATION AND FORCE MAJEURE
18.1 Damage and Repair. If, during the Term hereof, a Hotel is damaged or destroyed by fire, casualty, or other cause or in the event the underlying Lease relating to such damaged Hotel is terminated pursuant to the provisions of such Lease, Lessee may terminate this Agreement with respect to such Hotel upon sixty (60) days’ Notice from the date of such damage or destruction, in which case this Agreement shall then terminate with respect to such Hotel sixty (60) days from the date of such notice and neither party shall have any further rights, obligations, liabilities or remedies one to the other hereunder with respect to such Hotel, except as otherwise provided in Article II; provided, however, that Lessee shall not be required to pay Manager any termination fee.
(a) In the event all or substantially all of a Hotel shall be taken in any eminent domain, condemnation, compulsory acquisition, or similar proceeding by any competent authority for any public or quasi-public use or purpose, this Agreement shall terminate with respect to such Hotel, subject to the requirements of the applicable underlying Lease. However, in any event of such termination, Lessee shall give Manager at least fifteen (15) days prior Notice of such termination. In the event of such termination, neither party shall have any further rights, remedies, obligations or liabilities one to the other hereunder with respect to such Hotel except as otherwise provided in Article II above.
(b) If a portion of the Premises shall be taken by the events described in Section 18.2(a) or the entire Premises are temporarily affected, the result of either of which is not to make it, in the reasonable business judgment of Lessee, unreasonable to continue to operate the applicable Hotel, subject to the requirements of the applicable underlying Lease, this Agreement shall not terminate with respect to such Hotel. However, so much of any award for any such partial taking or condemnation shall be made available to the extent necessary to render the applicable Premises equivalent to its condition prior to such event and the balance shall be paid to Lessee or the Holder, if required by any Hotel Mortgage covering the Premises.
18.3 Force Majeure. If an event of Force Majeure directly involves a Hotel and has a significant adverse effect upon the continued operations of such Hotel, then Lessee shall be entitled to terminate this Agreement with respect to the applicable Hotel by written Notice within sixty (60) days from the date of such Force Majeure, and this Agreement shall then terminate with respect to the applicable Hotel sixty (60) days from such notice, in which event neither Lessee nor Manager shall have any further rights, remedies, obligations or liabilities, one to the other, hereunder, with respect to the applicable Premises except as otherwise provided in Article II; provided, however, that Lessee shall not be required to pay Manager any termination fee.
ARTICLE XIX DEFAULT AND TERMINATION
19.1 Events of Default. The following shall constitute events of default (each an “Event of Default”):
(a) The filing of a voluntary petition in bankruptcy or insolvency or a petition for reorganization under any bankruptcy law by Lessee or Manager;
(b) The consent to any involuntary petition in bankruptcy or the failure to vacate, within ninety (90) days from the date of entry thereof, any order approving an involuntary petition by Lessee or Manager;
(c) The entering of an order, judgment or decree by any court of competent jurisdiction, on the application of a creditor, adjudicating Lessee or Manager as bankrupt or insolvent, or approving a petition seeking reorganization or appointing a receiver, trustee, or liquidator of all or a substantial part of such party’s assets, and such order, judgment or decree continues unstayed and in effect for any period of ninety (90) days or more;
(d) The appointment of a receiver for all or any substantial portion of the property of Lessee or Manager;
(e) The failure of Lessee or Manager to make any payment required to be made in accordance with the terms of this Agreement within ten (10) days after receipt of Notice, specifying said default with reasonable specificity, when such payment is due and payable; or
(f) The failure of Lessee or Manager to perform, keep or fulfill any of the other covenants, undertakings, obligations or conditions set forth in this Agreement, and the continuance of such default for a period of thirty (30) days after written notice of said failure; provided, however, if such default cannot be cured within such thirty (30) day period and Lessee or Manager, as the case may be, commences to cure such default within such thirty (30) day period and thereafter diligently and expeditiously proceeds to cure the same, such thirty (30) day period shall be extended so long as it shall require Lessee or Manager, as the case may be, in the exercise of due diligence to cure such default, it being agreed that no such extension (including the original 30 day cure period) shall be for a period in excess of one hundred twenty (120) days.
(g) The occurrence of a default under the applicable Lease or ground lease which results in termination thereof.
(h) The Manager does not qualify as an Eligible Independent Contractor.
19.2 Consequence of Default. Upon the occurrence of any Event of Default, the non-defaulting party may give the defaulting party Notice of intention to terminate this Agreement (after the expiration of any applicable grace or cure period provided in Section 19.1), and upon the expiration of thirty (30) days from the date of such notice, this Agreement shall terminate, whereupon the non-defaulting party shall be entitled to pursue all of its rights and remedies, at law or in equity, under this Agreement (including, without limitation, any indemnity obligations which shall survive termination of this Agreement) and any other rights and remedies available under Legal Requirements except as otherwise expressly limited by the terms of Article II. Notwithstanding the foregoing, in the event that an Event of Default is applicable to one or more of the Hotels but not all of the Hotels, such termination shall only be as to such applicable Hotel(s).
ARTICLE XX WAIVER AND INVALIDITY
20.1 Waiver. The failure of either party to insist upon a strict performance of any of the terms or provisions of this Agreement or to exercise any option, right or remedy herein contained, shall not be construed as a waiver or as a relinquishment for the future of such term, provision, option, right or remedy, but the same shall continue and remain in full force and effect. No waiver by either party of any term or provision hereof shall be deemed to have been made unless expressed in writing and signed by such party.
20.2 Partial Invalidity. In the event that any portion of this Agreement shall be declared invalid by order, decree or judgment of a court, this Agreement shall be construed as if such portion had not been inserted herein except when such construction would operate as an undue hardship on the Manager or Lessee or constitute a substantial deviation from the general intent and purpose of said parties as reflected in this Agreement, in which event it shall be terminated.
ARTICLE XXI ASSIGNMENT
Subject to the requirements of any Hotel Mortgage, Franchise Agreement, Ground Lease or any of the Leases, neither party shall assign or transfer (by operation of law or otherwise) or permit the assignment or transfer of this Agreement without the prior written consent of the other (which may be withheld in its sole discretion) and any such prohibited assignment or transfer shall be null and void; provided, however, that Manager shall have the right, without such consent, to assign its interest in this Agreement to any “Manager Affiliate Entity”, provided such Manager Affiliate Entity qualifies as an Eligible Independent Contractor as of the date of such transfer. The term “Manager Affiliate Entity” shall mean any entity controlled directly or indirectly by (i) Drew Sims, Chris Sims and/or Kim Sims, (ii) family partnerships or trusts (the sole members or beneficiaries of which are at all times lineal descendants of Drew Sims, Chris Sims and/or Kim Sims (including step-children) and spouses of any of the foregoing), or (iii) by lineal descendants of Drew Sims, Chris Sims and/or Kim Sims (including step-children) and spouses of any of the foregoing. For purposes hereof, “controlled” shall mean (i) the possession, directly or indirectly of a majority of the voting power and capital stock or ownership interest of such entity, or (ii) the power to direct or cause the direction of the management and policies of such entity in the capacity of chief executive officer, president, chairman, or other similar capacity where they are actively engaged and/or involved in providing such direction or control and spend a substantial amount of time managing such entity. Any such permitted assignee shall be deemed to be the Manager for purposes of this Agreement provided such assignee assumes all of Manager’s future obligations under this Agreement pursuant to an assumption agreement reasonably acceptable to Lessee. Any and all such assignments, however, shall at all times be subject to the prior right, title and interest of Lessee with respect to the Premises. An assignment by Manager or any permitted assignee of its interest in this Agreement, shall not relieve Manager or any such permitted assignee, as the case may be, from their respective obligations under this Agreement, and shall inure to the benefit of, and be binding upon, their permitted successors and assigns. For purposes of this Article XXI any change in the ownership of the Manager or other event that would cause the Manager to fail to be a Manager Affiliate Entity shall be deemed to be a transfer of this Agreement, prohibited by this Article XXI unless first consented to in writing by Lessee (which may be withheld in its sole discretion).
ARTICLE XXII NOTICES
All notices, demands, elections, or other communications that any party this Agreement may desire or be required to be given hereunder shall be in writing and shall be given by hand, by depositing the same in the United States mail, first class, postage prepaid, certified mail, return receipt requested, or by a recognized overnight courier service providing confirmation of delivery, to the addresses set forth below, or at such address as may be designated by the addressee upon written notice to the other party, (herein called “NOTICE”).
All notices given pursuant to this Article XXII shall be deemed to have been given (i) if delivered by hand on the date of delivery or on the date that delivery was refused by the addressee, or (ii) if delivered by certified mail or by overnight courier, on the date of delivery as established by the return receipt or courier service confirmation (or the date on which the return receipt or courier service confirms that acceptance of delivery was refused by the addressee).
ARTICLE XXIII SUBORDINATION; NON-DISTURBANCE
23.1 Subordination. This Agreement shall be subject and subordinate to any Hotel Mortgage and Lease, and Manager agrees to enter into a lender-manager or landlord-manager (as applicable) agreement with respect to each Hotel, which agreement shall contain reasonable provisions, including, without limitation, Manager’s acknowledgment that its real estate interest in and to the applicable Hotel, if any, created by this Agreement is subject and subordinate to the applicable Hotel Mortgage or Lease, including providing any purchaser of such Hotel at a foreclosure sale or deed-in-lieu of foreclosure, including the Holder, with the right to terminate this Agreement with respect to the applicable Hotel; provided, however, in no event will Manager agree to subordinate or waive its right to receive fees, reimbursements or indemnification payments under this Agreement arising prior to termination (but (a) if this Agreement is terminated by the Holder or such purchaser or Landlord (or its assignee) with respect to such Hotel, Manager shall not look to the Holder for payment of such fees, reimbursements or indemnification payments and Manager’s right to receive such fees, reimbursements or indemnification payments shall be subordinated to the Holder’s rights and (b) if this Agreement is not terminated by the Holder or such purchaser with respect to such Hotel, then such fees, reimbursements or indemnification payments shall be payable by the Holder or such purchaser). Notwithstanding the foregoing, Manager shall in no event be obligated to perform its duties hereunder without payment and/or reasonable assurance of payment of such fees, reimbursements or indemnification payments.
23.2 Non-Disturbance Agreement. Notwithstanding Section 23.1, Lessee agrees that, prior to obtaining any Hotel Mortgage or executing any Lease, Lessee will use its commercially reasonable efforts to obtain from each prospective Holder or Landlord (as applicable), a Non-Disturbance Agreement pursuant to which Manager’s rights under this Agreement will not be disturbed as a result of a default stemming from non-monetary factors which (i) relate to Lessee and do not relate solely to the applicable Hotel, and (ii) are not defaults by Manager under Section 19.1 of this Agreement. If Lessee desires to obtain a Hotel Mortgage or to execute a Lease, Manager, on written request from Lessee, shall promptly identify those provisions in the proposed Hotel Mortgage or Lease documents which fall within the categories described in clauses (i) and (ii) above, and Manager shall otherwise assist in expediting the preparation of an agreement between the prospective Holder and/or Landlord and Manager which will implement the provisions of this Section 23.2.
ARTICLE XXIV PROPRIETARY MARKS; INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
24.1 Computer Software and Equipment. All “Software” (meaning all computer software and accompanying documentation, other than software which is commercially available, which are used by Manager in connection with the property management system, any reservation system and all future electronic systems developed by Manager for use in the Hotels) is and shall remain the exclusive property of Manager or any one of its Manager Affiliate Entities (or the licensor of such Software, as the case may be), and Lessee shall have no right to use, or to copy, any Software. Upon Termination, Manager shall have the right to remove from the Hotels, without compensation to Lessee, all Software, and any computer equipment which is utilized as part of a centralized property management system or is otherwise considered proprietary by Manager, excepting any software which is owned by the applicable Franchisor; provided that Manager shall cooperate with Lessee in the transition of the centralized management system to the new manager, including in the change of any Software and computer equipment. If any of such computer equipment is owned by Lessee, Manager shall reimburse Lessee for previous expenditures made by Lessee for the purchase of such equipment, subject to a reasonable allowance for depreciation.
24.2 Intellectual Property. All “Intellectual Property” (meaning all Software and manuals, brochures and directives issued by Manager to its employees at the Hotel regarding procedures and techniques to be used in operating the Hotel) shall at all times be proprietary to Manager or its Affiliates, and shall be the exclusive property of Manager or its Affiliates. Upon Termination, all Intellectual Property shall be removed from the Hotels by Manager, without compensation to Lessee.
24.3 Books and Records. All Books and Records maintained with respect to the Hotels, including guest records but excluding employee records, shall be the sole property of Lessee but may be used by the Manager during the Term in connection with its management and operation of the Hotels.
ARTICLE XXV INDEMNIFICATION
25.1 Manager Indemnity. Manager shall indemnify and hold Lessee (and Lessee’s agents, shareholders, officers, directors, and employees) harmless from and against all liabilities, losses, claims, damages, costs and expenses (including, but not limited to, reasonable attorneys’ fees and expenses) which are not covered by insurance proceeds that may be incurred by or asserted against any such party and that arise from (a) the fraud, willful misconduct or gross negligence of Manager; provided, however, that the act or omission of any employee of Manager who is not an Executive Employee, which act or omission is willful or constitutes fraud or gross negligence on the part of such employee, shall not constitute fraud, gross negligence or willful misconduct on the part of Manager unless Manager’s home office or regional staff, or an Executive Employee, acted with gross negligence in employing, training, supervising or continuing the employment of such employee; (b) the infringement of any of Manager’s intellectual property rights (including trademarks, software, etc.) on the intellectual property rights of any third party; (c) any Excluded Employee Claims; (d) knowing or reckless placing, discharge, leakage, use or storage, of hazardous materials on the Premises or in the Hotels by Manager during the Term of this Agreement as set forth in Section 28.10(c); or (e) the breach by Manager of any provision of this Agreement, including, without limitation, any action taken by Manager which is beyond the scope of Manager’s authority under this Agreement, which is not cured within any applicable notice and cure periods. Lessee shall promptly provide Manager with written notice of any claim or suit brought against it by a third party which might result in such indemnification.
25.2 Lessee Indemnity. Except with respect to matters for which Manager is obligated to provide indemnification pursuant to Section 25.1, Lessee shall indemnify and hold Manager (and Manager’s agents, principals, partners, members, officers, directors, and employees) harmless from and against all liabilities, losses, claims, damages, costs and expenses (including, but not limited to, reasonable attorneys’ fees and expenses) which are not covered by insurance proceeds and that may be incurred by or asserted against such party and that arise from or in connection with (a) the performance of Manager’s services under this Agreement; (b) the condition or use of the Hotels, to the fullest extent permitted by law, including without limitation, any injury to person(s) or damage to property or business by reason of any cause whatsoever in or about the Hotels; (c) any Employee Related Termination Costs, including any liability to which Manager is subjected pursuant to the Warn Act in connection with the termination of this Agreement, provided that Manager has provided notices in the form (other than any reference to the time period) required by the Warn Act within five (5) business days of Manager’s receipt of a notice of the termination of this Agreement (excluding any termination of this Agreement which results from the commission of any theft, embezzlement or other criminal misappropriation of funds of the Hotels or from the Lessee or any fraud or felony by any Executive Employee that relates to or materially affects the operation or reputation of the Hotels); (d) the Employee Costs and Expenses as set forth in Article IX herein above; or (e) any Employee Claims, but excluding any Excluded Employee Claims. Manager shall promptly provide Lessee with written Notice of any claim or suit brought against it by a third party which might result in such indemnification.
25.3 Indemnification Procedure. Any party obligated to indemnify the other party under this Agreement (the “Indemnifying Party”) shall have the right, by Notice to the other party, to assume the defense of any claim with respect to which the other party is entitled to indemnification hereunder. If the Indemnifying Party gives such notice, (i) such defense shall be conducted by counsel selected by the Indemnifying Party and approved by the other party, such approval not to be unreasonably withheld or delayed (provided, however, that the other party’s approval shall not be required with respect to counsel designated by the Indemnifying Party’s insurer); (ii) so long as the Indemnifying Party is conducting such defense with reasonable diligence, the Indemnifying Party shall have the right to control said defense and shall not be required to pay the fees or disbursements of any counsel engaged by the other party for services rendered after the Indemnifying Party has given the Notice provided for above to the other party, except if there is a conflict of interest between the parties with respect to such claim or defense; and (iii) the Indemnifying Party shall have the right, without the consent of the other party, to settle such claim, but only provided that such settlement involves only the payment of money, the Indemnifying Party pays all amounts due in connection with or by reason of such settlement and, as part thereof, the other party is unconditionally released from all liability in respect of such claim. The other party shall have the right to participate in the defense of such claim being defended by the Indemnifying Party at the expense of the other party, but the Indemnifying Party shall have the right to control such defense (other than in the event of a conflict of interest between the parties with respect to such claim or defense). In no event shall (i) the other party settle any claim without the consent of the Indemnifying Party so long as the Indemnifying Party is conducting the defense thereof in accordance with this Agreement; or (ii) if a claim is covered by the Indemnifying Party’s liability insurance, take or omit to take any action which would cause the insurer not to defend such claim or to disclaim liability in respect thereof.
25.4 Survival. The provisions of this Article shall survive the termination of this Agreement with respect to acts, omissions and occurrences arising during the Term.
ARTICLE XXVI FUTURE HOTELS
Lessee acknowledges and agrees that any motel and/or hotel properties leased by Lessee from any Affiliates of the Partnership (including the Landlords) from and after the Effective Date (“Future Hotels”), may at the election of the parties to the Strategic Alliance Agreement either be subject to the terms and provisions of this Agreement effective upon execution of an amendment to this Agreement (the “Amendment”) in the form of Exhibit “E” attached hereto; provided that there does not then exist an uncured Event of Default by Manager under this Agreement and the independent director approval requirements under the Strategic Alliance Agreement have been satisfied. Upon execution of such Amendment (as set forth therein), Exhibit “A” (Hotel Information), Exhibit “B” (Description of Leases), Exhibit “B-1” (Legal Descriptions for Sites), Exhibit “C” (Description of Franchise Agreements and Franchisors), Exhibit “D” (Annual Operating Budget) to this Agreement shall be amended to add the applicable information required by this Agreement with respect to the Future Hotel(s) subject of the Amendment. Effective upon execution of said Amendment, all terms and conditions of this Agreement shall be deemed amended to include and apply to such Future Hotel(s).
ARTICLE XXVII GOVERNING LAW VENUE
This Agreement and its interpretation, validity and performance shall be governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia without regard to its conflicts of laws principles. In the event any court of law of appropriate judicial authority shall hold or declare that the law of another jurisdiction is applicable, this agreement shall remain enforceable under the laws of the appropriate jurisdiction. The parties hereto agree that venue for any action in connection herewith shall be proper in James City County, Virginia. Each party hereto consents to the jurisdiction of any local, state or federal court situated in any of such locations and waives any objection which it may have pertaining to improper venue or forum non conveniens to the conduct of any proceeding in any such court.
ARTICLE XXVIII MISCELLANEOUS
28.1 Rights to make Agreement. Each party warrants, with respect to itself, that neither the execution of this Agreement nor the finalization of the transactions contemplated hereby shall violate any provision of law or judgment, writ, injunction, order or decree of any court or governmental authority having jurisdiction over it; result in or constitute a breach or default under any indenture, contract, other commitment or restriction to which it is a party or by which it is bound; or require any consent, vote or approval which has not been given or taken. Each party covenants that it has and will continue to have throughout the term of this Agreement and any extensions thereof, the full right to enter into this Agreement and perform its obligations hereunder.
28.2 Agency. Manager’s limited agency established by this Agreement is coupled with an interest and may not be terminated by Lessee until the expiration of the Term of this Agreement except as otherwise provided in this Agreement.
28.3 Failure to Perform. If Manager or Lessee at any time fails to make any payments as specified or required hereunder or fails to perform any other act required on its part to be made or performed hereunder without limitation, then the other party after thirty (30) days’ written notice to the defaulting party may (but shall not be obligated to) pay any such delinquent amount or perform any such other act on the defaulting party’s part. Any sums thus paid and all costs and expenses incurred in connection with the making of such payment or the proper performance of any such act, together with interest thereon at the lesser of (i) the interest rate allowed by the applicable usury laws or (ii) at the Prime Rate plus three percent (3%), from the date that such payment is made or such costs and expenses incurred, shall constitute a liquidated amount to be paid by the defaulting party under this Agreement to the other party on demand. For the purposes of this Section 28.3, the term “Prime Rate” shall mean the “prime rate” as published in the “Money Rates” section of The Wall Street Journal; however, if such rate is, at any time during the Term of this Agreement, no longer so published, the term “Prime Rate” shall mean the average of the prime interest rates which are announced, from time to time, by the three (3) largest banks (by assets) headquartered in the United States which publish a “prime rate”.
28.4 Headings. Headings of Articles and Sections are inserted only for convenience and are in no way to be construed as a limitation on the scope of the particular Articles or Sections to which they refer.
28.5 Attorneys’ Fees and Costs. If any action at law or in equity is necessary to enforce or interpret the terms of this Agreement, the prevailing party shall be entitled to reasonable attorneys’ fees, costs and necessary disbursements in addition to any other relief to which such party may be entitled.
28.6 Entire Agreement. This Agreement, together with other writings signed by the parties expressly stated to be supplementary hereto and together with any instruments to be executed and delivered pursuant to this Agreement, constitutes the entire agreement between the parties and supersedes all prior understandings and writings.
28.7 Consents. Whenever the consent or approval of Lessee is required under the terms of this Agreement, unless otherwise stated to the contrary, such consent or approval may be granted or withheld by Lessee in its reasonable discretion.
28.8 Eligible Independent Contractor. During the Term of this Agreement, Manager shall at all times qualify as an “eligible independent contractor” as defined in Section 856(d)(9) of the Code (“Eligible Independent Contractor”). To that end, during the Term of this Agreement, Manager agrees that:
(a) Manager shall not permit wagering activities to be conducted at or in connection with the Hotels by any person who is engaged in the business of accepting wagers and who is legally authorized to engage in such business at or in connection with the Hotels;
(b) Manager shall not own, directly or indirectly (within the meaning of Section 856(d)(5) of the Code), more than thirty-five percent (35%) of the outstanding stock of MHI;
(c) no more than thirty-five percent (35%) of the Manager’s membership interests (in its assets or net profits) shall be owned (within the meaning of Section 856(d)(5) of the Code), directly or indirectly, by one or more persons owning thirty-five percent (35%) (within the meaning of Section 856(d)(5) of the Code) or more of the outstanding stock of MHI;
(d) neither MHI, the Partnership, the Landlords, nor the Lessee, shall derive any income from the Manager or any of its subsidiaries; and
(e) Manager (or a person who is a “related person” within the meaning of Section 856(d)(9)(F) of the Code (a “Related Person”) with respect to Manager) shall be actively engaged in the trade or business of operating “qualified lodging facilities” within the meaning of Section 856(d)(9)(D) of the Code (defined below) for one or more persons who are not Related Persons with respect to MHI or Lessee (“Unrelated Persons”). For purposes of determining whether the requirement of this paragraph (e) has been met, Manager shall be treated as being “actively engaged” in such a trade or business if Manager (i) derives at least 10% of both its profits and revenue from operating “qualified lodging facilities” within the meaning of Section 856(d)(9)(D) of the Code for Unrelated Persons or (ii) complies with any regulations or other administrative guidance under Section 856(d)(9) of the Code that provide a “safe harbor” rule with respect to the hotel management business with Unrelated Persons that is necessary to qualify as an “eligible independent contractor” within the meaning of such Code section.
A “qualified lodging facility” is defined in Section 856(d)(9)(D) of the Code and means a “Lodging Facility” (defined below), unless wagering activities are conducted at or in connection with such facility by any person who is engaged in the business of accepting wagers and who is fully authorized to engage in such business at or in connection with such facility. A “Lodging Facility” is a hotel, motel or other establishment more than one-half of the dwelling units in which are used on a transient basis, and includes customary amenities and facilities operated as party of, or associated with, the lodging facility so long as such amenities and facilities are customary for other properties of a comparable size and class owned by other owners unrelated to MHI.
28.9 Subleasing. During the Term of this Agreement, Manager shall not sublet the Hotels or enter into any similar arrangement on any basis such that the rental or other amounts to be paid by the sublessee thereunder would be based, in whole or in part, on either (i) the net income or profits derived by the business activities of the sublessee, or (ii) any other formula such that any portion of the rent would fail to qualify as “rents from real property” within the meaning of Section 856(d) of the Code, or any similar or successor provision thereto.
28.10 Environmental Matters.
(a) For purposes of this Section 28.10, “hazardous materials” means any substance or material containing one or more of any of the following: “hazardous material,” “hazardous waste,” “hazardous substance,” “regulated substance,” “petroleum,” “pollutant,” “contaminant,” or “asbestos,” as such terms are defined in any applicable environmental law, in such concentration(s) or amount(s) as may impose clean-up, removal, monitoring or other responsibility under any applicable environmental law, or which may present a significant risk of harm to guests, invitees or employees of the Hotels.
(b) Regardless of whether or not a given hazardous material is permitted on the Premises under applicable environmental law, Manager shall only bring on the Premises such hazardous materials as are needed in the normal course of business of the Hotels.
(c) In the event of the discovery of hazardous materials (as such term may be defined in any applicable environmental law) on the Premises or in the Hotels during the Term of this Agreement, Lessee shall promptly remove, if required by applicable environmental law, such hazardous materials, together with all contaminated soil and containers, and shall otherwise remedy the problem in accordance with all environmental laws (except to the extent knowingly or recklessly caused by Manager during the Term of this Agreement, whereupon the responsibility to promptly remove and/or remedy the environmental problem shall be that of Manager and at Manager’s sole cost and expense). All costs and expenses of the compliance with all environmental laws shall be paid by Lessee from its own funds (except to the extent knowingly or recklessly caused by Manager during the Term of this Agreement as set forth herein above).
28.11 Equity and Debt Offerings. The Lessee or Manager (as an “Issuing Party”) may make reference to the other party (the “Non-Issuing Party”) or any of its Affiliates in any prospectus, private placement memorandum, offering circular or offering documentation related thereto (collectively, referred to as the “Prospectus”), issued by the issuing party. In no event will the non-issuing party be deemed a sponsor of the offering described in any such Prospectus, nor will it have any responsibility for the Prospectus. The issuing party shall be entitled to include in the Prospectus an accurate summary of this Agreement but shall not include any proprietary mark of the non-issuing party without prior written consent of the non-issuing party. The issuing party shall indemnify, defend and hold the non-issuing party and its Affiliates (and their respective directors, officers, shareholders, employees and agents) harmless from and against all loss, costs, liability and damage (including attorneys’ fees and expenses, and the cost of litigation), arising out of any Prospectus or the offering described therein, except for any such losses, costs, liability and damage arising from material misstatements or omissions in a Prospectus based on information provided in writing by the non-issuing party expressly for inclusion in the Prospectus.
28.12 Estoppel Certificates. Lessee and Manager will, at any time and from time to time within fifteen (15) days of the request of the other party or a Holder, or a Franchisor (if so permitted under the applicable Franchise Agreement), or a Landlord (if so permitted under the applicable Lease), execute, acknowledge, and deliver to the other party and such Holder, Franchisor or Landlord, as applicable, a certificate certifying:
(a) That the Agreement is unmodified and in full force and effect (or, if there have been modifications, that the same is in full force and effect as modified and stating such modifications);
(b) The dates, if any, with respect to which the distributions of excess Working Capital have been paid;
(c) Whether there are any existing Event(s) of Default or events which, with the passage of time, would become an Event of Default, by the other party to the knowledge of the party making such certification, and specifying the nature of such Event(s) of Default or defaults or events which, with the passage of time, would become an Event of Default, if any; and
(d) Such other matters as may be reasonably requested.
Any such certificates may be relied upon by any party to whom the certificate is directed.
28.13 Confidentiality. The Manager shall keep confidential all non-public information obtained in connection with the services rendered under this Agreement and shall not disclose any such information or use any such information except in furtherance of its duties under this Agreement or as may be required by applicable Legal Requirements or court order, or as may be required under any Franchise Agreement, Hotel Mortgage, Lease or Ground Lease.
28.14 Modification. Any amendment, supplement or modification of this Agreement must be in writing signed by both parties hereto; provided that a majority of the Independent Directors of MHI approve such amendment, supplement or modification.
28.15 Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed in multiple counterparts, each of which is an original and all of which collectively constitute one instrument.
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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have caused this Agreement to be executed by their duly authorized officers, as of the Effective Date.
MHI Hospitality TRS, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company
MHI HOTELS SERVICES LLC, a Virginia limited liability company
By: Name: Title:
LIST OF EXHIBITS
Exhibit “A” Hotel Information
Exhibit “B” Description of Leases
Exhibit “B-1” Legal Descriptions of Sites
Exhibit “C” Description of Franchise Agreements and Franchisors
Exhibit “D” Annual Operating Budget
Exhibit “E” Form of Amendment to Hotel Master Management Agreement