A landlord and tenant must pay particular attention to the "Repairs and Maintenance" provision of a commercial lease. Landlords may try and to this provision to require the tenant to repair and maintain areas located outside the leased premises. A typical commercial lease will define tenant's repair and maintenance obligations with reference only to the interior of the premises. However, depending on the definition of the premises, this may result in the tenant having to repair and maintain such things as fire sprinklers, heating and cooling ducts, and the building’s structural elements. It is important that the lease be specific about who is responsible for the repair and maintenance of specific items so that there is no doubt as to which party has responsibility.
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