We have been seeing a clause for years that is both brilliant and fair to both landlords and tenants – a CAM cap carryforward. The concept is fairly simple. You calculate and apply a cap as required by the lease. However, if there is any excess CAM that the landlord could not bill and collect… Continue reading Property Management Systems Can’t Handle This Clause – And if you have them, they will be critical for 2020
With the number of rent relief amendments we have been processing over the last few months, it is clear that many landlords are trying to work with their tenants so that they can make it through these COVID-impacted times. The most well-respected retail landlords have always considered the tenant mix of their properties. The right… Continue reading Stop – before you grant rent relief! Consider this!
Hopefully, in the next few weeks, we will be slowly but steadily getting back to a new normal. We will all be faced with the question of minimum rents during this period from both the landlord and tenant perspective. But there will be other issues we will all have to consider as we come out… Continue reading Looking to the future – dealing with lease related issues
A little more than a year ago, we addressed the timing/matching of real estate periods. Perhaps it was taxes reconciled for a calendar year, but taxes were paid on a fiscal year. Some landlord would take six months of one fiscal period and six months of another to match those fiscal periods to the calendar… Continue reading Real estate tax timing in a purchase
“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
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?
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)
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
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