Why Choose UsGeneral Tips When Leasing Office, Retail, Warehouse, Medical, Tech Space Consider an Exclusivity Clause or a Non-Compete. This type of clause will prevent the landlord from leasing any additional office, retail, warehouse, medical, or tech space to a potential competitor in the same building. Be certain to include a Right to First Refusal if you are in the perfect space. Consumer traffic may shift after a few years or it may stay the same. It is nearly impossible to determine such shifts several years in advance. Having the option to stay or leave on your terms is a must for commercial space. If you are required to pay utilities or any other fee, ask to see receipts and bills from the previous year to be able to calculate your true costs. Do not take their estimated word for it. If they have not been paying these bills, they are unlikely to know with great certainty. Ask for a Sublease Provision. Much like the Right to First Refusal, you may want to leave your current space for any number of reasons. You might choose to diversify your product line, expand your business, or adapt to market shifts. Be certain your business is protected in these circumstances and that you have options.
General Tips for Every Space Do not wait until you must have a space. You will lose all negotiating power if you are in an urgent situation. If you are moving locations, it is ideal to begin your search roughly 18 months prior to the expiry date on your existing lease. It may take from 3 to 6 months to complete lease negotiations and to complete location enhancements.
Try to include a 90-day termination clause that states either party possesses the ability to terminate the lease with a notice of 90 days. This is often not favored by landlords, but in the right circumstance, they will reluctantly agree. If you have received an amazing offer on your ideal location, do not include it to be certain no one outbids you for the space and you are forced to vacate your perfect location.
Do not forget to ensure the space is handicapable.
Ask for information pertaining to any space prior to a viewing to avoid losing any negotiating powers and prepare a list of questions in advanced based on the information you have received.
Do not rely upon the certainty of just one space. You should always have at least one contingency location in case the landlord selects another renter. You can also leverage the two in negotiations to receive the best possible deal.
An annual increase of 3% is industry standard and in some circumstances 4% is considered acceptable if the landlord is willing to make continued improvements to your space.
Get everything in writing pertaining to anything the landlord promises you and maintain digital and hard copies of everything. If the landlord says they will allow you to pay rent on the 15th of every month rather than the 1st, get it in writing!