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Ely, Counselor at Law
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I have a rental commercial unit around 2000Sft, with roof

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I have a rental commercial unit around 2000Sft, with roof leaking problems. Although I replace with a brand new roof 3 months ago, I still have leaking problems due to drainage because the building is more than 100 years old,and each time, the plasters from the ceiling fell down.. Do I have the rights to ask tenants to move out due to unsafety conditions?
Thank you, Doan
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Landlord-Tenant
Expert:  Ely replied 1 year ago.

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I am sorry to hear about this situation, Doan. Actually, likely not. Unless the contract specifically states that this allows the landlord to terminate the contract early, it would be up to the tenants to agree.

This is because in commercial settings, the tenants are responsible for taking care of most of maintenance for the property, including heat, AC, etc, and the roof. Unless the contract states otherwise, there is no right to mandate an early termination.

The city/county can mandate that they move out if they deem it unsafe, however.

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