repairs and maintenance

When you sign a commercial lease, you need to pay special attention to any section that mentions repairs and maintenance. Depending on the terms of your agreement, you or your landlord will have certain responsibilities when it comes to fixing issues with the property or maintaining it. In some situations, it can make sense to take on more responsibilities, but for some tenants this kind of agreement is not a good fit. This is why you should consult our Long Island, NY commercial landlord-tenant dispute lawyers before you make any major decisions.

What Does the Lease Say About Repairs and Maintenance?

It’s important to read every part of the lease quickly, but closely going over the repairs and maintenance section of your agreement is definitely a necessity. This should make it clear who is responsible for what. Does the landlord handle all repairs and maintenance? Do you just worry about fixing up your own space? If there are multiple tenants, who is in charge of common areas? Your lease agreement should answer these questions.

Your lease should also address liability. Who is responsible for an accident on the premises? Whether you are in charge of maintaining your own area or common areas can make a big difference here and determine whether you could be sued if someone gets hurt.

Are There Any Benefits for Tenants Who Handle Repairs and Maintenance?

There are pros and cons to taking on repairs and maintenance work as a tenant. Sometimes rent can be lowered if you agree to help out with the property. You also don’t have to wait on anyone when there is a needed repair. You can just handle that yourself.

Of course, you also have to be sure that you’re equipped to handle this kind of work before agreeing to it. You need skills, tools, and time to care for a commercial property properly.

Are There Any Tasks That Tenants Should Avoid Taking Responsibility For?

Even if you are confident in your handyman skills, there are some repairs and maintenance that you might want to avoid taking responsibility for as a tenant. We do not recommend taking on anything relating to building codes, for example. The landlord should be responsible for keeping the building up to code. That can be a lot of work and it may not be something that you are suited to. Even if it is, that kind of work can take your attention away from where it’s needed most.

You should also be aware that keeping the property up to compliance in other ways can be quite costly. Adhering to the Americans with Disabilities Act is a good example of this. You will probably prefer it if the landlord is responsible for handling these significant expenses themselves.

Contact Our Real Estate Lawyers

Before you sign that lease agreement, contact David A. Gallo & Associates LLP. We can help make it clear what your responsibilities will be and what you can rely on your landlord for. Do not sign any deal that you are not sure that you can handle.