That depends on the terms of the lease. Most Landlords will pass this responsibility on to their tenants if its a NNNet lease, and certainly, the fact that the retailer went dark does NOT excuse them from their responsibility under the lease agreement. That said, while it may be the retailer's responsibility, it is likely that this tenant has abandoned the location and will not want to spend additional dollars to secure it if they've taken all their product out. If you are concerned about the security of the building yourself in order to preserve it for future use, you may consider stepping in to secure the building. There may even be provisions in the lease that allow the landlord to charge back the tenant for these additional expenses.
Sep 20, 2011