When a commercial center or building is inspected they do not always pass the inspection. They too are prone to wear, proper construction and negligence. When a commercial building undergoes an inspection, often flaws or problems are discovered. When a commercial building fails an inspection, the next question is who is responsible for the repairs, the landlord or the leaser? JMark Inspections would like to share some of the common problems found during a commercial inspection and who is responsible for the repairs.
Common Problems Found During a Commercial Inspection
In a commercial building there are a number of elements that can develop problems, such as not being current to code and more. Some of the common flaws and problems in a commercial building are;
• Electrical: Electrical systems not to code, dead outlets, damaged wiring and faulty circuits.
• Plumbing: A plumbing system will have leaks, corrosion, and clogs.
• Structure: A commercial building can have structure damage, decay, and mold.
• Roof: A commercial building can have roof problems such as puddling, leaks, cracks and pests.
• Safety Systems: A commercial building must have operating safety systems. At times in a commercial building the fire alarms do not work, sprinklers are damaged or corroded, emergency exit door lights aren’t on, and no fire extinguisher in some suits.
These are some of the common problems that are discovered during a commercial inspection. However, who is responsible for repairing or correct these problems or flaws when found?
Is Commercial Landlord Responsible for Repairs?
A commercial building is often owned by a company or a person, and they will lease out the building or individual suites. As a tenant you will be responsible for some of the building maintenance and repairs. However, the owner or landlord is also responsible for the building as well. It is important to read the lease thoroughly as the responsibilities will vary from each landlord. Nevertheless, there are some basic responsibilities that remain the same.
Tenant Responsibilities: A tenant is often responsible for the areas that are exposed and will receive daily wear and tear. For example, the tenant is responsible for replacing floors, wall paper or repainting, light bulbs and fixtures. When it comes to the internal elements of the building such as plumbing, electrical or structural problems, often the tenant is not responsible for these areas. The Tenant needs to make sure the area or suite they are responsible for has working doors, emergency signs, and fire extinguishers. The lease agreement should detail the tenant’s responsibilities. As a tenant it is important to know what the lease agreement says and be properly prepared for the agreed maintenance and repairs.
Landlord or Owner Responsibilities: The landlord is responsible for the building’s structure, plumbing, electrical and heating and cooling system. The landlord must make sure the building follows all safety codes and other regulations set by the city and or state. The landlord must make sure the building’s safety system is working and being managed properly. The landlord is also responsible for the outside areas of the property and not the tenant.
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Commercial buildings can raise some major questions about landlord and tenant responsibilities. Make sure to know the leasing agreement and current laws in the city and state to make sure you better know who is responsible for the building’s care. For residential and commercial inspections, contact JMark Inspections and schedule our services today.