How to Negotiate a Successful Commercial Lease
Negotiating a strong commercial lease has an immediate impact on your profit potential because rent will be one of your biggest business expenses. Simply signing an agreement as presented does not consider all the costs that could negatively impact your company’s profit potential. So knowing how to negotiate a commercial lease is advantageous for business owners.
Negotiating a Commercial Lease
How To Negotiate a Commercial Lease
Before you start negotiating your next lease, know your company’s current and future needs in terms of commercial space. Have a budget in place when you begin exploring options.
Start by researching leased properties in the desired location to learn the going market rate. Or speak to a logistics real estate broker to get up-to-date lease rates. Knowing the current market rate is critical to getting a fair price for your warehouse rent.
When negotiating a lease, always seek tenant inducements. If the space has been vacant for a while, the landlord is probably eager to have a tenant. Consequently, the landlord may be willing to offer you a month or two of free rent or pay for a portion of renovations you need to make.
If you take on all the costs of renovating the space, be sure to negotiate for leasehold improvements. This clause requires the landlord to reimburse all or a portion of your renovation costs, should the property owner break the lease.
Review all incidentals you’re required to pay, and make sure they fit within your working budget. Ask about future increases in base rent and renewal conditions, so you won’t be surprised when these issues arise down the line.
If you are a retailer, you may want to ask your landlord for a competitor clause, which requires the landlord to obtain your consent before renting space in the building to one of your competitors.
Before signing the agreement, make sure you review the termination conditions. These explain what happens in the event of change, such as if the landlord decides to sell the property or you need to expand to a larger space before your lease ends. Termination conditions also spell out which actions on your part grant the landlord the right to evict.
Lastly, have a lease agreement looked over by an experienced commercial real estate attorney. Commercial leases are complex, and a lawyer can identify mistakes and problems easily.