Hello small business owners on reddit. This is the first time it's happened to me so I'm trying to see if anyone else could share their experience. I tried to research but most articles are about residential rental properties.
The business office I'm renting was burglarized a couple of weeks ago. Landlord was quick to have the broken glass door boarded up the glass replaced. Thieves then tried to break in again ten days later, and broke the glass door again but were scared of by alarms I had installed. Landlord was quick to board up and have the glass door replaced again.
Anyway today I received an email with an invoice for more than $1k for the cost of the boards and glass replacement and service. It just seems wrong to me that I'm on the hook for this. I thought exterior damage was their responsibility. Also, if I was going to pay for it, why were they the ones deciding on the replacement and I didn't even see the quotes. I think they want my insurance to shoulder the cost, I have business liability coverage, is this really my responsibility and my insurance that should be on the hook and not theirs?
Other annoying stuff that bothers me too: turns out there were other previous break-ins in the property but tenants were not informed. After my first break-in there were no improvements like additional lighting or added security. Anyway if I have rights, I'll fight it. If it's really my responsibility, then I'll probably just end my lease since it's not worth it to stay here anymore if there's this threat and I'm on the hook for all the costs.