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Shifting utility expenses in commercial leases to New York lessees.

Jul 26, 2021

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Written By: John Kiritsis, Esq., CPA, MBA, MS, JD, LL.M

 

Landlords and tenants often have significant if not total freedom in deciding which parties are responsible for utility expenses.

 

Net leases often protect the landlord’s interests. Regarding net leases, parties should distinguish between expenses for the entire property and for proportionate shares of the property. New York real property law does NOT include personal property. The lease should describe specific uses a party may utilize the property.

An often-overlooked issue with reviewing, drafting, negotiating and/or finalizing lease agreements involving real property, are the potential tax avoidance and/or tax compliance issues.  This should not be given off minimal importance in any situation, and especially within New York, which arguably has the highest property tax bills in the country, and one of the highest State income tax rates among the 50 States.

 

A landlord’s ability to control the distribution of utility services or products can significantly alter the balance of power in the landlord-tenant relationship. The extent of the landlord’s freedom to contract may largely depend on whether any warranty of habitability requirements are in play.

The law as it pertains to lease contracts in New York, may have changed and/or continue to evolve, during the legal changes brought on by Covid 19.  It is perhaps worth mentioning that even before the spread of the Coronavirus in the U.S., New York Landlord/Tenant laws and real property leasing laws, were considered highly esoteric and by many were a sign of a much need legal reform.

To better assist in a quest of further analyzing this type of question(s) as revolving per this legal guide article, it may be useful to make additional inquiries, such as: Should any pertaining lease documents be filed as a public recordation?  Is it possible to make a county-specific public recordation of the pertaining lease documents? Is it permissible to have the lease be freely assignable?
 

Our firm can help you draft, review, negotiate, and execute any type of New York real property lease agreement. We are open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. We offer prospective clients both exhaustive and comprehensive leasing law practice services, including the following:
 

Non-rent regulated residential lease contract agreements of New York.

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Single net lease contract agreements of New York.

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Real property lease contract agreements of New York.

Lease contract agreements modifications of New York.

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Cancellation of commercial lease contract agreements of New York.

Gas station and related use lease agreements of New York.

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Lease agreement contracts with option to purchase clause of New York.

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Adults-only recreational use lease agreements, including strip clubs, Marijuana dispensaries, etc. of New York.

Co-op propriety lease agreements of New York.

Drafting lease agreements of New York. Phone: (212)–922–0005. Kiritsis Law Firm.

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Potential relevant citations and informational references:

 

HSTPA of 2019

New York Real Property Law (NY RPL) Section 7

New York City Department of Buildings

New York State Bar Association

New York Uniform Vendor Purchaser Risk Act

 

NY RPL §223

NY RPL §227

NY RPL §235

 

Brown v. Volkening, 64 N.Y. 76 (1876)

Matter of City of New York [Braddock Ave.], 251 App. Dir. 669 (2nd Dept. 1937)

Johnson v. Depew, 33 A.D.2d 645 (4th Dept. 1969)

V.R.W., Inc. v. Klein 68 N.Y.2d 560 (1986)

Stambovsky v. Ackley, 169 A.D.2d 254 (1st Dept. 1991)

Holy Props. Ltd., L.P. v. Cole Prods. Inc., 87 N.Y.2d 130 (1995)

Wells Fargo Bank N.A. v. Carney, S.O. A.D.3d 287 (1st Dept. 2008)

Island Fed. Credit Union v. Smith, 60 A.D.3d 730 (2nd Dept. 2009)

U.S. Bank v. Dellermo, 94 A.D.3d 746 (2nd Dept. 2012)

Carlo v. Koch-Matthews, 53 Misc 3d 466 (Cohoes City Court 2016)

 

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