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Application of Building and Floor Common Areas

Mark Orling
Rust|Orling Architecture
December 8, 2009

For a building that I am working on, the ground floor retail tenants have no access or use of any of the ground floor of Building Common Areas.

The definitions of Building Common Area says that it is "areas of the building that provide services to building tenants..."

Are Floor Common and Building Common Areas applied to increase RSF regardless of "providing service" to the Store Tenant?

Adam Fingret
Extreme Measures Inc.
December 8, 2009

Yes, Floor Common Area and Building Common Area are applied to all tenants, regardless of their specific use (or lack thereof) of such spaces.

The building owner could, at its option, use the Usable Area for the purpose of calculating rent, though this practice is not supported by the Standard.

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