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Applying the K.I.S.S. method in leases

“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

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Could this be worse than a Most Favored Nations clause?

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?

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Extending a lease term – by exercise of option or amendment

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

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Taxes and insurance addressed in CAM – and then again, separately

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

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Bring back my favorite retail real estate memory of the 70s!

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!

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An approach to lease administration and due diligence

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

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It’s just a couple of days

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