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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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Phantom Square Footage

I would have to guess that we may have annoyed a client this week because we would not drop an issue. Their leases required the inclusion of licensee square footage in Gross Leasable Area (GLA). Generally, most standard leases today define licensees as exclusions when calculating prorata shares. (Licensees themselves are typically defined as short… Continue reading Phantom Square Footage

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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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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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Realizing the intended benefit of a tax abatement

It is not uncommon for a municipality to work with a property owner to them achieve some mutually beneficial goal – usually because the project might not otherwise be feasible without some sort of public assistance. Among the reasons a municipality may be considering the inventive,, they may be doing it to bring new jobs,… Continue reading Realizing the intended benefit of a tax abatement

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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 …”

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Don’t overcomplicate the lease language

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

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Negotiate your leases wisely!

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!

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“… the breakpoint shall likewise be abated…”

“… 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…”