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Frequently Asked Questions:

To whom do new structures or other improvements to the premises belong?

A lease should specify the answer to this question. Generally, if the structure was placed by the tenant at his or her expense, and it can be removed, it belongs to the tenant. The lease will say if and how it should be removed at termination, or how the tenant will be compensated for the investment.

Where the improvement is permanent there are several considerations and ways to address ownership and disposition. See this fact sheet.

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