I am going to be leasing a space. the Landlord just bought the property and wants to put in new carpeting in two rooms that I will be leasing. she is expecting me to cover the costs of the carpet. I am willing to leave the old carpet until I get going with my business. Is this the norm for a landlord to expect the tenant to pay for new flooring that the tenant is not requesting.?
I’m assuming that this is a commercial space and commercial leases are generally very different than residential leases. In most cases, tenants pay for leasehold improvements but if it’s something that you don’t want, then it can get tricky. Revert to your lease and see if there is any language around this and if you’re still not sure, I would consult with a local real estate attorney so there isn’t any confusion and you get off to a good landlord-tenant relationship.
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