A-81774, JANUARY 8, 1937, 16 COMP. GEN. 639

A-81774: Jan 8, 1937

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1937" IS AVAILABLE FOR REPAIRING AND REPAINTING THE INTERIOR OF THE UNITED STATES CHANCERY BUILDING AT THE HAGUE. THE LEASE INVOLVED INDICATING SUCH EXPENSES WERE TO BE BORNE BY THE LESSEE. IS ENCLOSED. THE CURRENT LEASE COVERING RENTAL OF THE PREMISES IS CONTRACT NO. IS BEING AUTHORIZED. IN 1929 THERE WAS AUTHORIZED THE EXPENDITURE OF 1. THIS WAS DONE IN ACCORDANCE WITH LOCAL CUSTOM. YOU WILL NOTE THAT THE MINISTER STATES IN HIS DESPATCH THAT BY CUSTOM IN THE NETHERLANDS "THE TENANT IS INVARIABLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE UPKEEP OF THE INTERIOR OF THE BUILDING.'. IT WILL BE APPRECIATED IF YOU WILL ADVISE WHETHER THE APPROPRIATION"CONTINGENT EXPENSES. 1937" IS AVAILABLE FOR REPAIRING AND REPAINTING THE LEGATION PREMISES AT THE HAGUE.

A-81774, JANUARY 8, 1937, 16 COMP. GEN. 639

LEASES - REPAIRS TO INTERIOR OF BUILDING - LOCAL FOREIGN CUSTOM - APPROPRIATION AVAILABILITY THE APPROPRIATION "CONTINGENT EXPENSES, FOREIGN SERVICE, 1937" IS AVAILABLE FOR REPAIRING AND REPAINTING THE INTERIOR OF THE UNITED STATES CHANCERY BUILDING AT THE HAGUE, INTERIOR REPAIRS BEING BY LOCAL CUSTOM THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE TENANT, AND THE LEASE INVOLVED INDICATING SUCH EXPENSES WERE TO BE BORNE BY THE LESSEE.

ACTING COMPTROLLER GENERAL ELLIOTT TO THE SECRETARY OF STATE, JANUARY 8, 1937:

THERE HAS BEEN RECEIVED YOUR LETTER OF NOVEMBER 16, 1936, AS FOLLOWS:

IN CONNECTION WITH THE RENEWAL OF THE LEASE ON THE PREMISES OF THE AMERICAN LEGATION AT THE HAGUE, THE AMERICAN MINISTER TO THE NETHERLANDS HAS SUBMITTED ESTIMATES FOR REPAPERING AND REPAINTING THE INTERIOR OF THE CHANCERY BUILDING AT A TOTAL COST OF 1,937.75 FLORINS, OR APPROXIMATELY $1,040 AT CURRENT EXCHANGE, WITH AN ALTERNATIVE OFFER ON THE REPAINTING WHICH WOULD MAKE A TOTAL EXPENDITURE OF 1,432.75 FLORINS, OR ABOUT $768. A COPY OF THE MINISTER'S DESPATCH OF OCTOBER 28, 1936, WITH ITS ATTACHED ESTIMATES, IS ENCLOSED.

THE LEGATION BUILDING AT NO. 31 PRINSESSEGRACHT IN THE HAGUE HAS BEEN RENTED BY THE GOVERNMENT SINCE JULY 1, 1923. THE CURRENT LEASE COVERING RENTAL OF THE PREMISES IS CONTRACT NO. S36FA-1 DATED MAY 17, 1926, FOR THE PERIOD FROM JULY 1, 1926 TO JUNE 30, 1927, WITH OPTION OF RENEWAL, AND THE CONTRACT HAS SINCE BEEN RENEWED ANNUALLY. THE RENEWAL OF THE LEASE FOR A FURTHER PERIOD OF ONE YEAR FROM JULY 1, 1937, IS BEING AUTHORIZED.

IN 1929 THERE WAS AUTHORIZED THE EXPENDITURE OF 1,800 FLORINS, OR APPROXIMATELY $720 AT THE RATE OF EXCHANGE THEN OBTAINING, FOR REPAIRING AND REPAINTING THE PREMISES AT THE EXPENSE OF THE GOVERNMENT. THIS WAS DONE IN ACCORDANCE WITH LOCAL CUSTOM, WHICH REQUIRES THAT THE TENANT SHALL MAINTAIN THE INTERIOR OF THE PREMISES. YOU WILL NOTE THAT THE MINISTER STATES IN HIS DESPATCH THAT BY CUSTOM IN THE NETHERLANDS "THE TENANT IS INVARIABLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE UPKEEP OF THE INTERIOR OF THE BUILDING.' THE LEASE PROVIDES THAT THE TENANT MUST BEAR THE COST OF WHITEWASHING AND SMALL ORDINARY REPAIRS.

IT WILL BE APPRECIATED IF YOU WILL ADVISE WHETHER THE APPROPRIATION"CONTINGENT EXPENSES, FOREIGN SERVICE, 1937" IS AVAILABLE FOR REPAIRING AND REPAINTING THE LEGATION PREMISES AT THE HAGUE.

IT APPEARS THAT WHILE THE EXPENSE OF REPAPERING AND REPAINTING THE INTERIOR OF THE BUILDING IS NOT SPECIFICALLY PROVIDED FOR IN THE LEASE, THE GENERAL TENOR OF IT IS THAT SUCH EXPENSE ON THE INSIDE OF THE BUILDING SHALL BE BORNE BY THE TENANT WHILE THE EXPENSE ON THE OUTSIDE SHALL BE BORNE BY THE LANDLORD. PARAGRAPH 3, PAGE 2, STATES:

THE COST OF WHITEWASHING AND SMALL ORDINARY REPAIRS, UNDER WHICH SHALL BE CONSIDERED, INTER ALIA: THE MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR OF ALL LOCKS (BOTH INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE PREMISES), DOOR KNOBS, TAPS, BELLS AND CORDS, AND THE COSTS INCURRED OWING TO STOPPAGES OF W. C.'S ET CETERA, MUST BE BORNE BY THE TENANT.

PARAGRAPH 1, PAGE 3, STATES:

REPAIRS THAT MAY BE NECESSARY TO THE OUTSIDE OF THE PREMISES MUST BE BORNE BY THE LANDLORD.

IN THESE CIRCUMSTANCES IT APPEARS THE APPROPRIATION "CONTINGENT EXPENSES, FOREIGN SERVICE, 7," IS AVAILABLE FOR REPAIRING AND REPAINTING THE INTERIOR OF THE CHANCERY BUILDING AT THE HAGUE AS REQUESTED BY THE MINISTER.