Why Choose UsGeneral Tips for Leasing Office, Warehouse, Retail, Medical, or Tech space. Do not be afraid to ask for both reduced rent and free months. This is a growing trend at the moment and the more it becomes commonly suggested the more likely landlords will accept it. Do not let amenities blind you to the reality of the price. If you walk into an office space and you immediately feel as though it is perfect, start asking questions. Are the amenities included? Who pays for the utilities? If these are not included, you may not be able to afford to rent office space of this caliber. Be mindful of Percentage Rent when you rent commercial office space. Some landlords try to include this concept into a clause in the lease; wherein, the landlord would begin to receive a percentage of the profits once the company begins to earn a specific amount of revenue after they officially open their doors. At the same time, startups may be interested in this type of rental agreement. Is room available for expansion in the office space or building before your lease reaches an end? You should consider this prior to signing any papers. You might negotiate terms to secure any additional space in the same building the moment it becomes available. Ask to see the 5-year plan of the landlord for the building and space before you lease office space. If the building is not yet a smart building with Wi-Fi capabilities, a motion detector lighting system, outdoor work spaces, etc., you should ensure the landlord intends to provide these elements in the very near future to ensure employee productivity is at capacity, to appeal to today’s evolving talent, and to reduce operational costs for your business over time.
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!