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“I need to call in my friend Pete to get some more information about this lease…”

I love the shows Pawn Stars, American Pickers and Mysteries at the Museum. With these shows, they find an item that interests them, authenticate it and then give a bit of history on the piece. As geeky as it may sound, there can be identifiable histories to leases and lease language. Did you ever pick… Continue reading “I need to call in my friend Pete to get some more information about this lease…”

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Red light, green light, 1, 2, 3 …

This weekend, I was in South Bend and Chicago. On the way back to O’Hare, my wife and I had some free time, so we stopped at Macerich’s Fashion Outlets of Chicago. Besides having a beautiful, well thought out tenant mix, they have an outstanding parking garage. An outstanding garage, you say? Absolutely. I am… Continue reading Red light, green light, 1, 2, 3 …

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How many expense pools are required?

Over the years, we have worked on 150+ tenant regional malls where the sellesr had been using 3-4 expense pools per prorata expense category, and we have also worked on 20 tenant open air centers where the seller had been using 20 different expense pools. What’s right? As new variables are introduced into leases, the… Continue reading How many expense pools are required?

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Intelligent people will argue

I have mentioned in prior blogs that one of the things I love about lease administration is that everything you need to know about the lease is right there in 40-50 pages of the lease (sometimes as few as 2-3 pages, but sometimes as many as 500+). But, unless there are outside rules specifically addressed… Continue reading Intelligent people will argue

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Poof! A $40m value swing because of lease language.

In prior posts, we have addressed why there are excluded areas defined for purposes of calculating prorata shares of taxes or CAM. In a nutshell, if a part of a property is not paying a full prorata share of expenses, any shortfall has to be absorbed by the landlord. For example, we have a fully… Continue reading Poof! A $40m value swing because of lease language.

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Hurricane Harvey, flooding and your lease obligations

A friend emailed me a suggested topic for this coming Sunday’s blog post. “So with the events in Houston, is it time for a blog on Rent Abatements in Damage and Destruction clauses?” Clearly, it is. And, as landlords and tenants are not going to wait to start paperwork for claims until Sunday, it is… Continue reading Hurricane Harvey, flooding and your lease obligations

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“…if the end of the world is imminent …”

Yes. This language exists in some leases. The language typically states that if the end of the world is imminent, the landlord has the right to accelerate rents for the remainder of the term.  There are still a few hours left to check your leases for this language before the eclipse arrives today.  Happy eclipse… Continue reading “…if the end of the world is imminent …”