Most commercial property rental leases provide that the landlord has a duty to make certain major repairs, such as air conditioning, heating, plumbing, electrical and exterior walls and utilities.
The tenant’s responsibility is to give the landlord notice that the item is in need of repair. The landlord must have the repair done within a reasonable amount of time, unless otherwise specified in the commercial property rental agreement. You do have legal rights under the law and in accordance with your lease terms. You should speak with a Long Island landlord negligence attorney if an accidental injury results from your landlord’s failure to repair.
Negotiations Regarding Landlord Repairs
The following lease provisions should be included in your commercial rental lease so that you are protected if your landlord does not put into effect the necessary repairs:
• You are allowed to make repairs, and deduct them from the rental amount
• The landlord is accountable for any monetary losses you suffer as a result of his negligence in not making the repairs or not making them in reasonable amount of time.
• A reduction in rent during the time that the defects start until the defects are remedied
• You are allowed to terminate the lease and get any security deposits back if your landlord refuses or fails to make the repairs required
If your landlord does not agree to provide for such remedies, it’s a sure sign that you should not enter into the lease, and you should find another rental property.
When to Talk to a Long Island Landlord Negligence Attorney
A Long Island landlord negligence attorney can help you get compensation for injuries that are the result of your landlord’s failure to remedy a hazardous condition in his property.