For short term use of city-owned property, the Department of Public Works - Real Estate Division may issue a standard month-to-month lease.
For long term use of city-owned property, a lease may be issued upon approval by the Dallas
Persons wishing to lease City-owned property should send a letter of request to:
City of Dallas
Ashley Eubanks, Assistant Director
Public Works, Real Estate Division
320 E. Jefferson Blvd., Room 203
Dallas, Texas 75203
The request letter should contain a plat map to identify the proposed lease area. Upon receipt of this letter, a real estate specialist will be assigned to the project. All questions regarding the lease or the process to obtain the lease should be directed to the assigned real estate specialist.
If approved, the month-to-month lease may be executed by the Director upon receipt of the first month's rent and an insurance certificate as required in the lease.
Long term leases require City Council approval.
Some of the basic terms of the City's month to month leases are as follows:
The tenant will be required to pay rent. The amount of rent required will be determined by the Real Estate Division office and/or by an appraisal, if needed. Fees associated with the cost of the appraisal will be the applicant’s responsibility.
All leases for City of Dallas property requires the tenant to provide insurance. The insurance requirements are as follows:
- Commercial general approved by the State of Texas and acceptable to the City.
- The commercial general liability coverage must provide combined single limits of liability for bodily injury and property damage of not less than $2,000,000 for each occurrence, $1,000,000 aggregate. This policy should include coverage for fire legal liability in the amount of $250,000 and the hazards of underground, explosion and collapse.
- The Policy must name the City of Dallas as additional insured.
- Each policy must include a 30-day written cancellation provision.
Insurance requirements may vary depending upon the use of the leased property.
All tenants are required to properly maintain the leased property, in accordance with the Dallas City Code and good business practice. The City will not make any improvements, repairs, or undertake any maintenance to the leased premises or other appurtenances during the period the leased premises are occupied by the Lessee.
The rent is in addition to and exclusive of any other taxes or special assessments required by law to be paid by the tenant, including, but not limited to, ad-valorem taxes, which shall be the sole responsibility of the tenant. Furthermore, by signing the lease, the tenant agrees to promptly pay all such taxes or special assessments.
The City's leases have other provisions which affect the prospective lessee. It is the responsibility of the prospective lessee to read and understand all of the provisions of the lease prior to signing the lease document
For additional information, please contact: 214-948-4100; Fax (214) 948-4083 or (214) 948-4118.