Who's Responsible for Making a Tenant's Space ADA-Accessible?


An electronics store leases 3,000 square feet of shopping center space. But the city won’t let the store operate until wheelchair ramps are installed and the parking lot is re-striped to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The owner refuses to do the work. So the tenant pays a contractor $30,000 to make the required modifications and sues the owner for its costs, claiming breach of the lease. Key lease terms:

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