Every few weeks, someone in the office will let out a scream of frustration. The frustration comes from reading lease language that is so involved, but could have been accomplished with incredibly simple lease language. For example, it is fairly common to see Consumer Price Index (CPI) increases applied to rents, or used as caps… Continue reading Don’t overcomplicate the lease language
In any given year, we (my company, Meridian Realty Consultants) will read and abstract 8-10,000 leases. We get to see what landlords and tenants spend their time negotiating. It is not uncommon for someone in the office to say, “Can you believe someone took the time to negotiate this?” It might be something as simple… Continue reading Negotiate your leases wisely!
“… the breakpoint shall likewise be abated…” This clause is almost a throwaway clause – one landlords and tenants give much consideration to – and it is the majority of retail leases. So, what does it mean? If the tenant is struggling, and the landlord agrees to reduce minimum rent by 50%, then the “breakpoint… Continue reading “… the breakpoint shall likewise be abated…”
It is not uncommon to have co-participation clauses in retail leases – a clause which states that a tenant will be obligated to pay a certain charge at a specific rate with annual increases to that charge, but “only if at least 70% of the other tenants are similarly obligated to pay such charge.” The… Continue reading Co-participation and similar obligation
This past week, Sears announced another 42 closures. As usual, we see even retail real estate executives posting or re-posting about the “Dying Retail Sector.” But, what I see regularly, not from these fatalists, is successful real estate companies take a different approach – “How do we take advantage of these opportunities?” One particular client… Continue reading Retail – the fatalists and the opportunists
This week’s (and next’s) post will be a bit shorter as I am in India with my son. This picture reminded me of Chick-fil-a which reminded me of a clause I ran across earlier in the week. Most retail leases have operating hours requirements which provide for default if the tenant does not maintain the… Continue reading So a cow walks up to a drive thru… Operating hours and liquidated damages
This week, we were working on a mall in the Rocky Mountain States. One of the food court tenants had a precipitous drop in sales – from north of $2m to under $1m from 2014 to 2016. I looked at the monthly sales, and sales had been running about $200k per month almost regardless of… Continue reading The value of radius restrictions