Lease Required Owner to Make Major Repairs to Property

Facts: A tenant that operated a printing business signed a 15-year lease for space. The owner of the building later demanded that the tenant replace the aging heating and air conditioning (HVAC) system and parking lot. The tenant claimed that was the owner’s responsibility. The owner sued the tenant. A district court ordered the tenant to replace the HVAC system and parking lot. The tenant appealed.

Decision: An Iowa appeals court reversed the lower court’s decision.

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