Who's Responsible for Making a Tenant's Space ADA-Accessible?

January 29, 2015
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SITUATION

An electronics store leases 3,000 square feet of shopping center space. But the city won’t let the store operate until wheelchair ramps are installed and the parking lot is re-striped to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The owner refuses to do the work. So the tenant pays a contractor $30,000 to make the required modifications and sues the owner for its costs, claiming breach of the lease. Key lease terms:

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