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…”
The short answer? The lease should specifically address whether taxes are reconciled as part of operating expenses or are reconciled separately. But, why should this matter? This week, we were working on an office tower acquisition in the southeast. The majority of the leases had the typical “tenant pays a proportionate share in excess of… Continue reading Office leases – Are taxes part of operating expenses?
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 is not the typical lease admin blog that I write because I do not have any Indian retail leases to review. For ICSC, I have taught in the US, Canada and China, and I have had students from countries around the world. Many of them have provided me with their standard lease forms so… Continue reading Visits to malls in India