Build After-Hours Access into your Commercial Office Lease

nights and weekendsWhen the work piles up and deadlines run tight, sometimes it’s hard to squeeze it all in between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm. And let’s not discount the impending power of the pesky emergency. Clients make last-minute demands. Assistants get sick. Packages get delayed. Stuff happens. And when it does, the last thing you need is the added worry of being locked out of your commercial office space.

Commercial Office Lease Provides the Details

Landlords who rent commercial office space in New York City know that many companies have staff working after hours who need 24/7 access to their offices.  This is why most New York landlords include language a commercial office lease that gives a tenant entry to office space during nights and weekends. Different buildings do this in different ways. Here are some of the most common:

Sign & Swipe

Class A buildings, the most luxurious New York office spaces for lease, are attended around-the-clock, seven days a week. Their lobbies are manned continuously, and they have porters and other personnel on the premises at all times. Tenants can sign in at the lobby or use their turn-style access card any time to get access to their space in a Class A building.

Key Card System Access

Most Class B and Class C buildings are closed during the evenings and weekends. Many commercial property owners, however, allow tenants access to a key card system after regular building hours. Usually, the landlord issues the tenant multiple key cards, which are in turn distributed to the tenant’s employees. Details of such an arrangement should be spelled out clearly in a commercial office lease.

If you expect long hours, make sure your broker knows to add “after-hours access” to your list of business space priorities. He or she will help you narrow your choices down to spaces that can accommodate your overtime needs. Anybody willing to put in the hard work should have a place to do it no matter what time or day it is.

Let Metro Manhattan Office Space represent your business’ unique needs. Contact Principal Broker Alan Rosinsky at 212-444-2241 or e-mail

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