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Measuring Office area in an Historic Building

Amanda Mixon
Saiber Saiber
April 9, 2019

If an historic residence has been converted fully to use for business purposes, i.e., attorneys occupy an old home for business purposes only, should the BOMA Office standards be applied to measure the building for leaseable area?

Adam Fingret
Extreme Measures Inc.
April 9, 2019


There is no rule or law declaring that BOMA Office (or any other) Standards must be applied. If the lease cites BOMA Standards, then by all means, it should be used. If, however there is no lease, or the lease doesn't specify a measurement methodology, then it's up to the lessor and lessee to agree upon what methodology they prefer.

One other note... The BOMA Office Standard isn't really designed for residential buildings, but there's no particular reason that it can't be applied either.

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