Why Choose UsNegotiating the Rental of Office, Retail, Warehouse, Tech, and Medical Space. You cannot go over your budget, but you must have a particular space. What do you do? Once you establish your budget, make a list of the amenities your business cannot function without, the ones you would like to have to make your life easier, and the ones you can live without for the time being.
Office, warehouse, retail, medical, and tech space negotiations are quite common today, however they are quite different from a 'straight' warehouse negotiation. Most owners would rather have a tenant on negotiated terms rather than to have no tenant at all. If you cannot afford the office space of your dreams today and they will not move on the rental price, negotiate several rent-free months of occupancy. A landlord may refuse to offer a reduce rent rate because it may negatively affect the value of the building, therefore they are more likely to provide free rent for a few months as a compromise.
You might also negotiate a number of office elements that you might normally be required to purchase. Negotiate a fully furnished office space or that they provide various items such as a commercial copy machine and beverages for the break room. Do not forget to negotiate green initiatives if the office building has not yet made any environmental enhancements.
Another growing trend is shared office space where several businesses are in one office space, rather than simply one building. These businesses share all office amenities, supplies, conference rooms, floor space, etc. If you are a small business looking have a more professional appearance without having to rent an entire office, this may be the ideal office space solution for you. If you find a space you must have and cannot afford it even after price reductions and free rent, try to negotiate this trending real estate concept into your lease and seek out other tenants to share the space.
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!