I recently argued with a property owner over the lease agreement I signed for our business premises.
The lease stated that either the property owner or the building occupier can purchase, install, replace, or repair faulty or malfunctioning equipment.
However, the occupant can only proceed with the purchase of new HVAC, air conditioning installation, replacement, or repair of the faulty or malfunctioning cooling system or radiant heater equipment with the consent or approval of the property owner. This was intended to ensure that all purchases meet the standard seer ratings expected of all HVAC equipment. The overall onus of providing quality HVAC and HVAC service lies with the building manager. Moveable appliances like the portable space heater are not covered in the clause. The clause also mentions only select HVAC businesses where you can buy air quality systems. It also goes on to mention that any HVAC contractor hired to inspect, repair, install, or replace any ac equipment must be either vetted by the property manager or be appointed by the management. This was reasonable because they engaged companies that offer air conditioner service plans. So the matter that caused friction between the property owner and I was the fact that an a/c workman was called in to do some repair on a floor below me and I happened to bump into him and requested him to step into my office to look at the thermostat and determine if it needed to be reset. The workman recorded the request as a task and billed for the same and management flagged it as a none reported request. But we found a solution.