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By the end of the 1980s, almost half of the office buildings that existed at that time were constructed during the previous ten years.  When leasing space in new office buildings, it was easy for tenants to understand that they would not likely experience significant pass-throughs of capital expenditures.  Why?   Because the majority of those buildings were new, and even in a poorly conceived or constructed building, a tenant had a reasonable expectation that at least for the first few year of its lease term, substantial capital improvements would not be required.

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