What does “full use” of a parking area mean?

UPDATED: Feb 22, 2012

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What does “full use” of a parking area mean?

We own commercial property. We have tenants in a store, there is parking at the rear. As per the lease the tenants have a designated parking area plus “full use” of the rest of the lot. My husband is renovating the building and needs to park there. They are telling us he can’t park there. We say they have “full” use not “exclusive” use and as owners we have a right to park there. Who is right.

Asked on February 22, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Florida


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Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

The best way to clear up the dispute over the definition of "full use" of a parking area in the rental that you have is to carefully read the lease and see how the term is defined. Its definition will control the dispute.

If there is no definition of the term, then the ordinary use of it per the English language would govern. I agree with you, "full use" means that the tenant can use the entirety of the parking area and the use is not exclusive. If the rental is commercial, do the tenants expect their customers to park away from the provided parking area?

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