Leased Buildings & Broken Windows – Who Pays?

An interesting heads up for anyone leasing a building and for building owners..

Recently a mower launched a large rock through one of our windows resulting in an approximately $1000 bill. The building is leased and the lease states that we are responsible for the cost of replacing the glass so we contacted our insurance people to make a claim…

We were advised there was a property law change in 2007 making glass the responsibility of the building owner – even if the lease says otherwise!

The building owner was not aware of this and still sent us an invoice for their insurance excess which was subsequently withdrawn once they had received correct advice. This is great news for businesses leasing buildings – perhaps not so great for building owners so do be aware of what you’re responsible for around building windows as it can be expensive!