As underwriters of commercial real estate, we deal in facts. We read the leases, calculate all of the rents and reimbursements, examine the critical non-financial covenants, analyze the prior year cash flows and provide an analysis of the assumptions that our clients have made on vacancies and lease up and Tis and inflation and so… Continue reading Strange things are afoot at the Circle K
This week, we were working on an acquisition of a property in the southeast. One tenant occupied the majority of the property, with a handful of other tenants accounting for about 10% of the leasable area, but about 20% of the income. There was a restaurant tenant that had a unique name that I had… Continue reading A couple of percentage rent/gross sales issues this week
I grew up using the expression “same difference.” I think I used it when I said something that I believed was right, but someone pointed out something that was wrong about what I said – but it wasn’t important enough for me to care. I think today I would probably just say “whatever.” There are… Continue reading Same difference – more subtle changes in lease language
I love the shows Pawn Stars, American Pickers and Mysteries at the Museum. With these shows, they find an item that interests them, authenticate it and then give a bit of history on the piece. As geeky as it may sound, there can be identifiable histories to leases and lease language. Did you ever pick… Continue reading “I need to call in my friend Pete to get some more information about this lease…”
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?
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
In prior posts, we have addressed why there are excluded areas defined for purposes of calculating prorata shares of taxes or CAM. In a nutshell, if a part of a property is not paying a full prorata share of expenses, any shortfall has to be absorbed by the landlord. For example, we have a fully… Continue reading Poof! A $40m value swing because of lease language.
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
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 …”