Eligible expenditures must be permanent, capital improvements to real property with a useful life of at least three years. This includes construction work such as electrical, plumbing, HVAC, drywall partition and associated painting, building-wide cabling/wiring, elevator and lobby work. Architectural and engineering costs to support such capital improvements are also eligible. It does NOT include expenditures for personal property like furniture including cubicles, computers and associated cabling/wiring, shelving or storage units. Expenditures for ordinary repairs, maintenance, replacements or decorations are also not eligible.
All common area expenditures that meet the definition of eligible expenditures can be claimed. There is no limit on the percentage of common area expenditures that may be applied to an individual tenant. However, a specific common area expenditure may not be applied to more than one tenant. Expenditures on common areas can be claimed no earlier than 3 years before the lease commencement date.
An eligible lease may not have an early-out clause within the CRP benefit period by either the landlord or tenant. The only exceptions are when:
The legislation governing the program defines an eligible building as a non-residential or mixed-use building located in the abatement zone that received its initial certificate of occupancy or initial temporary certificate of occupancy prior to January 1, 1975. Where an otherwise eligible building has increased its square footage subsequent to January 1, 1975 such additional space is not eligible for benefits pursuant to this program.
Benefits are issued as a credit on the landlord's tax bill. You can locate a summary of benefits on the CRP homepage link, under the “View Benefits Online” heading.
The program is due to sunset March 31, 2016. This means that a lease must commence by this date and an application must be postmarked by September 30, 2016 or within 180 days of lease commencement, whichever is earlier.