Landlord Fix BuildingA few years ago, I had a problem with my office. I occupied a two story unit in a mid-rise downtown.

The problem was that I was on the bottom floor. And at night, we were regularly burglarized.

With the burglaries came broken and vandalized windows, broken doors, lost property, and damage to the store front.

When I first leased the office, the landlord agreed to put up gates around the property and provide security. This was an unusual thing to contract for — and lucky. When the landlord failed to keep its promise, it had to repair the damage.

And, after a year, when the problems continued, I was able to break the lease and move out without any hard feelings or damages.

Normally commercial leases have few protections for the tenant.

You get only those you negotiate.

But what about structural problems like mold, plumbing, a leaky roof or the electricity? Are landlords required to keep up the building in good working order? Watch this video to find out.

Video Transcript:

My office building isn’t up to code. Can I make the landlord fix it?

Maybe. It depends on what the lease says.

When you rent a house or an apartment for residential use, most states have laws that protect you from slumlords forcing you to live in dangerous conditions.

But that is not the case with commercial leases.

Commercial leases lack protections most of us have come to expect from our experience with residential leases. A commercial landlord doesn’t have to provide you with a building that is up to code unless that is what you negotiated for in your lease.

A leaky roof, bad wiring or mold may be your problem and not the landlord’s. Many commercial leases require the tenant to be responsible for building maintenance, property taxes and insurance.

When you rent a space for your business, you need to be aware of the real costs of what you are signing up for.

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Alicia Dearn

Alicia Dearn

CEO + Trial Lawyer at Bellatrix PC
Ms. Dearn gives sharp and insightful legal counsel to entrepreneurs and employers so they can advance their businesses fearlessly. She fixes legal problems.
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