Add Three Key Requirements to Maintenance and Repair Clause
The lease you are negotiating probably requires the owner to maintain and repair its building’s or center’s common areas and maybe your space, too. But don’t be surprised if the owner asks for an exemption—that is, a “carve-out”—from its repair duties if it's your fault that the repair is needed. For instance, suppose the lease requires the owner to repair your space’s ceilings and walls. One of your employees accidentally starts a fire in your space that burns those areas.