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Meticulously Draft ADA Requirements Throughout Lease

December 20, 2017    

Violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) can be costly for commercial real estate owners. It’s a complicated law with nuances that create pitfalls for owners. While the ADA is detailed in terms of spelling out under what circumstances a building’s or a tenant’s space...

Negotiate Flexibility to Change Shopping Center at Later Date

November 22, 2017    

The design, practicality, and price of interior retail space are big ticket items when a tenant is deciding to lease space in a shopping center. But what a tenant can get and for what price doesn’t matter if other elements at the center don’t work for the tenant. Just as landlords...

Restrict Tenant's Use of Supplemental Security Measures

October 18, 2017    

The number of violent crimes taking place at public venues in recent years has skyrocketed, with the Oct. 1 mass shooting of concert-goers in Las Vegas being the biggest attack in United States history. Owners of public spaces are reevaluating their security, some by asking outside security...

Use Mediation Instead of Jumping to Arbitration or Court Over Dispute

September 21, 2017    

When you think about settling a dispute with a tenant without going to court, arbitration as an alternate dispute resolution method might immediately come to mind. That’s because arbitration is widely known and talked about in commercial real estate. But before you pursue arbitration,...

Maximize Options for Collecting Rent from Large Space

August 24, 2017    

Owning a large retail or office building property can be lucrative. After all, if the rent rate is based on the square footage that a tenant rents, a vast space has the potential to pull in more money than a small one. But profiting from the sheer size of your property isn’t a given. To...

Protect Interests When Leasing Mixed-Use Space

August 8, 2017    

Mixed-use properties have become ubiquitous in most areas of the country. Often, they make the most of a property’s layout, especially in tight urban neighborhoods—providing easy-to-access commercial space on a first floor and residential units on the floors above so no space is...

Protect Your Interests When Leasing to Franchise Tenant

July 21, 2017    

The goal when leasing to tenants at your center—and especially those that pay percentage rent—is to pick businesses that draw the most customers. If a product or service is a “favorite” of a customer, there’ll be repeat business. For this reason, leases with...

Negotiate Safeguards for Patio Restaurant Tenant

June 21, 2017    

With the failure rate of new restaurants hovering around 59 percent in the first three years of opening, it’s not surprising that restaurant owners are trying to come up with a hook—a theme, a specific type of ambiance, or discounts for certain groups or time periods in the day or...

Don't Let Tenant's Limits Render Guaranty Useless

May 18, 2017    

At first, a guaranty from a tenant that you’re unsure about seems like a great safety net. Another party will take over the tenant’s lease obligations if it fails to do so itself, so you won’t be left on the hook trying to mitigate the financial or other damage. In isolation, a...

Negotiate Six Specifications in 'Assignment of Sublet Rents' Clause

April 26, 2017    

In theory, a sublet seems easy: When you let a tenant sublet its space, the subtenant pays the tenant its rent due under the sublease, and the tenant pays you its rent or percentage rent due under the lease. While that’s the way sublet scenarios are designed and expected to work, you can...

Strengthen Landlord's Self-Help Right to Protect Space, Avoid Wasting Time in Court

April 12, 2017    

A tenant’s lease violation is never good news for commercial real estate owners, but each type of violation has different consequences—ranging from annoying to disastrous. If your lease doesn’t give you a “self-help” right, you might find yourself facing the...

Negotiate Circumstances for Tenant to Buy Its Leased Space

March 15, 2017    

It’s an undertaking for any tenant to scout out prospective commercial space, negotiate a lease, and then deal with the logistics and expense of moving into that space. So, after going through all of the effort to get established at a property, it’s not unusual for a big tenant that...

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