If you are just beginning your search for commercial space for your Boston Metro area business, you may be wondering about the ins and outs of the commercial lease. Commercial leases are typically vastly different from residential leases and can sometimes be difficult to understand. One topic that may bring up some questions is property maintenance. Who is responsible – the landlord or tenant? Of course, each lease will differ depending on the landlord, but here are some general tips on property maintenance and your commercial lease.
- Many commercial leases are net leases, which means that the tenant has responsibility for at least some of the maintenance of the leased space.
- If you are leasing a space in a building where there are other tenants and common areas, you’ll want to check the lease to see if you’ll be responsible for part of the expense to maintain those common areas.
- Never assume that the landlord will be covering a particular expense. If you have questions, ask! You can also work with a tenant representative to make sure that you don’t misunderstand any important aspects of your lease.
- In some commercial leases, the landlord will take care of items such as janitorial duties, but this is not typically the case. Be sure that you’re clear on who is responsible for the day to day maintenance of your space!
Working with an experienced tenant representative is the best way to avoid surprises when signing your commercial lease. At the very least, read the lease carefully before signing and we strongly recommend having your legal counsel review the document before signing. If you are ready to begin your search for the ideal commercial space for your Boston Metro area business, please contact us. We look forward to working with you.