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I don't know what state you're in, different states have different laws
regarding these matters. Though this is more of a contract law question, since the question has already been addressed here in the tax category, I will add my findings. From my research, for commercial leases...IF it is stated in the lease that you are required to pay part of the property tax, it is legal for the landlord to require you to pay part of the property tax. On the other hand, if it is not stipulated in the lease that you are required to pay part of the property tax, then you are not obligated to. You can refer to a blog on the subject matter referencing Washington state at the following link:
Even though this blog is relating to Washington state, it is likely that some other states may have the same clauses in the commercial lease agreements. You may want to check your lease.
Please let me know if you require additional clarification regarding this matter.
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