REALWorld Law

Commercial leases

Alterations

Is the lessee permitted to alter or improve the real estate and, if so, what conditions can be imposed on such works?

United States

United States

The provisions of the lease will govern to what extent, if any, the tenant is permitted to perform alterations at the premises and under what conditions. Additionally, local and other laws will often regulate the conduct of alteration work performed at the premises, including requirements for ensuring the safety of construction work and the adequacy of fire protection systems and affording access to disabled persons. Depending on the type of alteration and the local jurisdiction rules, the tenant may need to comply with governmental requirements prior to commencing the work, such as obtaining a building permit from a local building or planning department.