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Many landlords are updating property health and safety requirements to comply with new local and state regulations. In most cases, interior property alterations will be the tenant’s responsibility, but some leases require that costs be split between the landlord and the tenant. When adding new requirements to the lease, Dan Villalpando, a partner at Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP, says that landlords should be clear who is responsible.

“While some leases provide that any alterations made in the premises are the tenant’s responsibility, others split the responsibility between the parties based on the nature of the alteration, whether it is required by law and whether it applies just to the tenant’s space or to retail spaces in general,” says Villalpando. “In light of the general uncertainty following COVID-19, landlords should make sure that their leases require tenants to make at the tenants’ expense any and all alterations required by law, including those borne out of force majeure events.”

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on GlobeSt.com and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.

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