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  General Rules & Regulations

The following rules and regulations have been formulated for the safety and well-being of all tenants of the Building.  Strict adherence to these rules and regulations is necessary to guarantee that every tenant will enjoy a safe and undisturbed occupancy of its premises.  Any violation of these rules and regulations by Tenant shall constitute a default by Tenant under the Lease. In the event of a conflict between these rules and regulations and a provision of the body of the Lease, the provision of the body of the Lease shall prevail. The rules and regulations are as follows:

  1. Tenant shall not obstruct or encumber or use for any purpose other than ingress and egress to and from the Premises any sidewalk, entrance, passage, court, elevator, vestibule, stairway, corridor, hall or other part of the Building not exclusively occupied by Tenant. No bottles, parcels or other articles shall be placed, kept or displayed on window ledges, in windows or in corridors, stairways or other public parts of the Building. Tenant shall not place any showcase, mat or other article outside the Premises.
  2. At any time that Tenant is not leasing all of the rentable area in the Building, Landlord shall have the right to control and operate the public portions of the Building and the facilities furnished for common use of the tenants, in such manner as Landlord deems best for the benefit of the tenants generally. Tenant shall not permit the visit to the Premises of persons in such numbers or under such conditions as to interfere with the use and enjoyment of the entrances, corridors, elevators and other public portions or facilities of the Building by other tenants.  Tenant shall coordinate in advance with Landlord's Property Management Office all deliveries to the Building so that arrangements can be made to minimize such interference. Tenant shall not permit its employees and invitees to congregate in the elevator lobbies or corridors of the Building. Canvassing, soliciting and peddling in the Building are prohibited, and Tenant shall cooperate to prevent the same.
  3. Tenant shall not attach, hang or use in connection with any window or door of the Premises any drape, blind, shade or screen, without Landlord's prior written consent.  All awnings, drapes projections, curtains, blinds, shades, screens and other fixtures shall be of a quality, type, design and color, and shall be attached in a manner, approved in writing by Landlord.  Any Tenant-supplied window treatments shall be installed behind Landlord's standard window treatments so that Landlord's standard window treatments will be what is visible to persons outside the Building. Drapes (whether installed by Landlord or Tenant) which are visible from the exterior of the Building shall be cleaned by Tenant at least once a year, without notice from Landlord, at Tenant's own expense.
  4. Tenant shall not use the water fountains, water and wash closets, and plumbing and other fixtures for any purpose other than those for which they were constructed, and Tenant shall not place any debris, rubbish, rag or other substance therein (including, without limitation, coffee grounds).  All damages from misuse of fixtures shall be borne by the tenant causing same.
  5. At any time that Tenant is not leasing all of the rentable area in the Building, Tenant shall not use or operate within the Premises any electrical device, wiring or apparatus in connection with a loudspeaker system or other sound system that is audible outside the Premises, in connection with any excessively bright, changing, flashing, flickering or moving light or lighting device, or in connection with any similar device or system. Tenant shall not construct, maintain, use or operate any such device or system outside of its Premises or within such Premises so that the same can be heard or seen from outside the Premises. No flashing, neon or search lights shall be used which can be seen outside the Premises.
  6. Tenant shall not bring any bicycle, vehicle, animal, bird or pet of any kind into the Building, except seeing-eye or hearing-ear dogs for handicapped persons visiting the Premises.
  7. Except in the Cafeteria Area, if any, Tenant shall not cook or permit any cooking on the Premises, except for microwave cooking and use of coffee machines by Tenant's employees for their own consumption. Tenant shall not cause or permit any unusual or objectionable odor to be produced upon or emanate from the Premises.
  8. Tenant shall not make any unseemly or disturbing noise or disturb or interfere with occupants of the Building.
  9. Tenant shall not place on any floor a load exceeding the floor load per square foot which such floor was designed to carry. Landlord shall have the right to prescribe the weight, position and manner of installation of safes and other heavy equipment and fixtures Landlord shall have the right to repair at Tenant's expense any damage to the Premises or the Building caused by Tenant's moving property into or out of the Premises or due to the same being in or upon the Premises or to require Tenant to do the same. At any time that Tenant is not leasing all of the rentable area in the Building, Tenant shall not receive into the Building or carry in the elevators any safes, freight, furniture, equipment or bulky item except as approved by Landlord, and any such furniture, equipment and bulky item shall be delivered only through the designated delivery entrance of the Building and the designated freight elevator at designated times. Tenant shall remove promptly from any sidewalk adjacent to the Building any furniture, furnishing, equipment or other material there delivered or deposited for Tenant.
  10. Tenant shall not place additional locks or bolts of any kind on any of the doors (except doors leading solely to a Designated Secure Area) or windows, and shall not make any change in any existing lock or locking mechanism therein, without Landlord's prior written approval. Tenant shall keep doors leading to a corridor or main hall closed at all times except as such doors may be used for ingress or egress and shall lock such doors during all times the Premises are unattended.  Tenant shall, upon the termination of its tenancy: (a) restore to Landlord all keys and security cards to stores, offices, storage rooms, toilet rooms, the Building and the Premises which were either furnished to, or otherwise procured by, Tenant, and in the event of the loss of any keys so furnished, Tenant shall pay the replacement cost thereof; and (b) inform Landlord of the combination of any lock, safe and vault in the Premises.  At Landlord's request, a charge of three dollars ($3.00) per key shall be paid for all keys in excess of two (2) for each public entrance door to the Premises as additional rent to cover Landlord's administrative expenses and overhead for processing.  Tenant's key system shall be consistent with that for the rest of the Building.
  11. Except for standard 120 volt office equipment, Tenant shall not install or operate in the Premises any electrically operated equipment or machinery without obtaining the prior written consent of Landlord.  Landlord may condition such consent upon Tenant's payment of additional· rent in compensation for the excess consumption of electricity or other utilities and for the cost of any additional wiring or apparatus that may be occasioned by the operation of such equipment of machinery.  Tenant shall not install any equipment of any type or nature that will or may necessitate any changes, replacements or additions to, or changes in the use of, the water system, heating system, plumbing system, air-conditioning system, electrical system or life safety system of the Premises or the Building, without obtaining Landlord's prior written consent, which consent may be granted or withheld in Landlord's sole and absolute discretion.   If any machine or equipment of Tenant causes noise or vibration that may be transmitted to such a degree as to be objectionable to Landlord or any tenant in the Building, then Landlord shall have the right to install at Tenant's expense vibration eliminators or other devices sufficient to reduce such noise and vibration to a level satisfactory to Landlord or to require Tenant to do the same.
  12. Landlord reserves the right to exclude from the Building at all times any person who does not properly identify himself to the Property Management Office or attendant on duty. Landlord shall have the right to exclude any undesirable or disorderly persons from the Building at any time.  Landlord may require all persons admitted to or leaving the Building to show satisfactory identification and to sign a register.
  13. Tenant shall not permit or encourage any loitering in or about the Premises and shall not use or permit the use of the Premises for lodging, dwelling or sleeping.  
  14. Tenant, before closing and leaving the Premises at any time, shall see that all windows are closed and all lights and equipment are turned off, including, without limitation, coffee machines.
  15. Tenant shall not request Landlord's employees to perform any work or do anything outside of such employees' regular duties without Landlord's prior written consent. Tenant's special requirements will be attended to only upon application  to Landlord, and any such special requirements  shall be billed to Tenant in accordance with the schedule of charges maintained by Landlord from time to time or as is agreed upon in writing in advance by Landlord and Tenant.  Tenant shall not employ any of Landlord's employees for any purpose whatsoever without Landlord's prior written consent.
  16. There shall not be used in any space, or in the public halls of the Building, either by any tenant or by jobbers or others in the delivery or receipt of merchandise, any hand trucks, except those equipped with rubber tires and side guards.  Tenant shall be responsible for any loss or damage resulting from any deliveries made by or for Tenant.
  17. Subject to Article  XXVI, Tenant shall not install or permit the installation  of any wiring for any purpose on the exterior of the Premises.
  18. Tenant acknowledges that it is Landlord's intention that the Building be operated in a manner which is consistent with the highest standards of cleanliness, decency and morals in the community which it serves. Toward that end, Tenant shall not sell, distribute, display or offer for sale any item which, in Landlord's judgment, is inconsistent with the quality of operation of the Building or may tend to impose or detract from the moral character or image of the Building.  Tenant shall not use the Premises for any immoral or illegal purpose.
  19. Unless otherwise expressly provided in the Lease, Tenant shall not use, occupy or permit any portion of the Premises to be used or occupied for the storage, manufacture, or sale of liquor.
  20. At any time that Tenant is not leasing all of the rentable area in the Building, Tenant shall purchase or contract for waxing, rug shampooing, venetian blind washing, interior glass washing, furniture polishing, janitorial work, shredding, removal of any garbage from any dining or eating facility or for towel service in the Premises, only from contractors, companies or persons reasonably approved by Landlord.
  21. Tenant shall not remove, alter or replace the ceiling light diffusers, ceiling tiles or air diffusers in any portion of the Premises without the prior written consent of Landlord.
  22. Tenant shall not purchase water, ice, coffee, soft drinks, towels, or other merchandise or services from any company or person whose repeated violation of Building regulations has caused, in Landlord's opinion, a hazard or nuisance to the Building and/or its occupants.
  23. Tenant shall not pay any employee on the Premises except those actually employed therein; nor shall Tenant use the Premises as headquarters for large-scale employment of workers for other locations.
  24. Landlord shall have the right, upon written notice to Tenant, to require Tenant to refrain from or discontinue any advertising by Tenant that employs the name, address or likeness of the Building and, in Landlord's reasonable opinion, tends to impair the reputation of the Building or its desirability for offices.
  25. Tenant shall not in any manner deface any part of the Premises or the Building. No stringing of wires, boring or cutting shall be permitted except with Landlord's prior written consent.  Any floor covering installed by Tenant shall have an under layer of felt rubber, or similar sound deadening substance, which shall not be affixed to the floor by cement or any other non-soluble adhesive materials.
  26. Should Tenant's use and occupancy of the Premises require the installation of supplemental cooling, and should the Building contain a closed loop, Tenant agrees that its supplemental cooling requirements will be serviced by tapping into the Building's closed loop. Tenant shall be responsible for the cost of connecting into the loop and agrees to pay to Landlord as additional rent the monthly tap fee in accordance with Landlord's then-current rate schedule. Should the Building not contain a closed loop, Tenant agrees to be responsible for fees associated with placing equipment on the roof of the Building.
  27. Each Tenant shall handle its newspapers and "office paper" in the manner required by Law and shall conform with any recycling plan instituted by Landlord.
  28. Subject to the provisions of Article VI relating to standard office and cleaning materials, Tenant shall not bring or keep, or permit to be brought or kept, in the Building any weapon or flammable, combustible or explosive fluid, chemical or substance.
  29. The Building shall be a "smoke-free" Building.  Accordingly, Tenant and its employees shall not smoke within the Building or in and about the entrances to the Building, except in a location as Landlord may elect to designate expressly for smoking.

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