The Rented Apartment
I have encountered disagreements several times on a matter that is supposed to be seemingly trivial: what is that leased ‘property’? Does it include the plastic storeroom in the garden, the parking lot, the common and illegal storeroom of the entire building for leaving bicycles and scrap, the gas cylinders in the yard, the wall cabinets in the bedrooms, the mezuzahs, curtains, and more? Sometimes an apartment is part of a complex of buildings between which there are entrances, gardens, walking paths, and more, and for which the tenants have to pay for electricity, water and maintenance., Does the property also include these?
This important matter is expressed differently in the sale of an apartment and in the rental of an apartment.
One does not reflect on the other.
Therefore, the obvious conclusion is that those who define the tenant in the lease by a narrow definition are wrong.
This matter can be an obstacle and cause disputes between the parties.
My advice in this matter is that each party will pay attention to say clearly and positively what it includes and what it does not include in those parts that are important to him.
Thus, if the landlord intends to keep the storeroom for himself, it is recommended that he explicitly state that the apartment does not include the storeroom.
By the way, I once came across a case where the tenant was not interested in the landlord’s endless and neglected garden, and he insisted that the apartment did not include the garden and therefore he did not have to cultivate, water, and preserve the garden.