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Applying the K.I.S.S. method in leases

“Keep it simple, stupid!” That hits home so often as I am reading leases. I have taught classes for ICSC for nearly 25 years. One of my favorite example has been base rents or fixed CAM charges increased by the CPI. That in and of itself is pretty simple. But, you often see caps on… Continue reading Applying the K.I.S.S. method in leases

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Could this be worse than a Most Favored Nations clause?

We have addressed the Most Dreaded Lease Clause a few times over the past couple of years. We have also addressed another lease language concept – co-participation. But what happens when you combines the concepts? That combination was evident in an acquisition we were working on this week. If you have time, take a minute… Continue reading Could this be worse than a Most Favored Nations clause?

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Two words that STILL don’t exist in commercial real estate (this time related to sales reporting and percentage rent)

Last year, upon returning from ICSC’s John T. Riordan School of Professional Development in Minneapolis, I felt the need to write a blog entry on the use of “ALWAYS” and “NEVER” when referring to commercial leases. In short, the only absolute that may exist in commercial real estate is that there are no absolutes. This… Continue reading Two words that STILL don’t exist in commercial real estate (this time related to sales reporting and percentage rent)

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An approach to lease administration and due diligence

When we are verifying rents at a property, we do all of our calculations – prorata shares, caps, breakpoints, CPI calculations, lease year language applications and so on – prior to looking at what the current landlord has done. I don’t know about you, but I can be fairly easily led by what someone else… Continue reading An approach to lease administration and due diligence

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It’s just a couple of days

We will not complete the date fields in a lease abstract until we know which dates we are going to use as the Commencement Date and the Rent Commencement Date. That can be incredibly frustrating for anyone that has to deal with us. Think about that. You’ve just executed a lease and you want a… Continue reading It’s just a couple of days

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Considering the proper treatment of tax abatements and incentives in your leases

I have the honor of serving on our city’s development authority. It is a recent appointment, so I cannot take any credit for the great things that have been done already. As part of the appointment, I was required to take a class that included a couple of hours on tax incentives and bond financings.… Continue reading Considering the proper treatment of tax abatements and incentives in your leases

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Prior defaults

This past week, we worked on a 40 tenant open air center acquisition. Often times, a seller severely restricts the information provided to our clients, the buyers. Fortunately, this time, we had almost free access to the seller’s files. Many of the leases were leases that had been amended and extended 3,4,5 times since their… Continue reading Prior defaults