“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)
A while back, we had addressed the “percentage rent unicorn” – that landlord dream within a dream (Hopefully, you are thinking The Princess Bride right now) – where landlords can bill percentage rent over a monthly breakpoint with no annual reconciliation. It is not something we see often, but when we do, it often leads… Continue reading The percentage rent unicorn revisited
If you have followed this lease administration blog for the past couple of years, or even if you have just stumbled upon it because of a question you have had related to some lease related term, you are the type of person that would absolutely benefit from ICSC’s John T Riordan School for Retail Real… Continue reading John T Riordan School for Retail Real Estate Professionals
It is not uncommon for a landlord to provide or arrange services for the actual tenant premises within a shopping center. Perhaps the tenants are provided water services to their spaces through one water main/meter, or the landlord arranges for trash removal from the premises rather than having each individual tenant arrange the service themselves.… Continue reading Premises trash and utilities vs. common area trash and utilities
Exercising an option that was granted in a lease with no change in terms should be a fairly simple exercise as specifically defined in the lease – often sending notice to the landlord on the intent to exercise with no additional action required by any party. The lease continues. However, sometimes the parties overcomplicate the… Continue reading Extending a lease term – by exercise of option or amendment
It’s not unusual to see terms referenced several times throughout a lease. Often, it will be a definition of a concept in one clause and the use of that defined term in another. But, sometimes, it can be confusing as to why a term is mentioned multiple times. Case in point is when insurance or… Continue reading Taxes and insurance addressed in CAM – and then again, separately
I was born in 1965. As much as I loved Space Port (an arcade) at Oxford Valley Mall and the wall of history dioramas at Neshaminy Mall (which I understand are still on display), I did not discover my favorite thing about 1970s retail real estate until I started reading department store leases and shopping… Continue reading Bring back my favorite retail real estate memory of the 70s!