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Advice for commercial landlords during COVID-19

| May 12, 2020 | Real Estate |

What can commercial landlords for for their buildings and tenants during a COVID-19 concern?

  • Building Access – It is with everyone’s safety in mind that the building elevators should continue to be secured with access key entry if possible and until further notice. Allow elevator access to tenant floors to be accessible with a tenant keycard.
  • Visitors & Deliveries – With regard to visitors and delivery services to offices, ask that delivery services are met by someone with the company in the building lobby and escorted to the tenant space.
  • Cleaning
    • Janitorial Services should continue at increased levels with CDC/COVID-19 approved cleaning supplies.
    • Disinfecting and increased frequency should continue to occur with special attention to high traffic areas.
    • You should have a janitorial day porter specifically designated to disinfect the common area high touch point surfaces.
    • We should be electro-statically sanitizing the common areas on a bi-weekly basis in the coming weeks.
    • Offer the tenant the option to contact the landlord to obtain pricing on additional cleaning services for your individual suite.
  • Hand Sanitizer Stations – Provide hand sanitizer stations for use in the building lobby and order one for the mailroom area and conference center if applicable.
  • Face Coverings – Encourage the use of face coverings in commons areas in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • Social Distancing – Provide a friendly reminder that social distancing is recommended in all common areas.
    • Elevators – We encourage limiting elevator capacity to 2 passengers to assist with social distancing.
    • Building Amenities – Building conference rooms should remain closed until further notice. With that said, if the need arises for your tenant’s business to utilize the conference room or conference center, encourage them to contact the management office directly so you can arrange access for their use.
  • Management Office – The building management office should continue to observe social distancing guidelines as well.

Perhaps you are considering negotiating a new commercial lease with your tenant or need to update your commercial leases. We would be glad to help. If you require legal counseling in commercial landlord matters, you are welcome to contact a board certified attorney at The Weaver Law Firm. You may reach us at 713-572-4900.

 

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