Commercial Real Estate Leasing

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Commercial real estate leasing refers to the comprehensive procedure of leasing a commercial property to companies or people for a specified duration. In addition, the procedure involves negotiating lease provisions, such as lease duration, rent, and other special provisions. Nevertheless, since commercial real estate leasing is a complicated process, it is essential to ensure careful planning and execution for better legal compliance.

Essential Considerations for Landlords

When renting commercial real estate, lessors should consider several aspects to ensure that the property is appealing to potential lessees and offers a satisfactory return on investment. Some fundamental considerations include the following:

  • Lease Terms: The lease provisions should be reasonable and attractive to potential tenants based on the property's location, size, and amenities.
  • Property Condition: The property should be well-kept and in good condition to attract lessees.
  • Rent: The rent should be competitive and based on the market price to draw tenants.
  • Tenant Selection: The lessor should carefully assess potential lessees to guarantee they are financially sound and have a good track record.
  • Property Management: The lessor should provide excellent property management services.

Essential Considerations for Tenants

When leasing commercial real estate, tenants should consider several factors to ensure that the property meets their needs and is a good investment. Some key considerations include the following:

  • Size: The property should be large enough to accommodate the tenant's current and future needs.
  • Location: The property should be easily accessible to clients, employees, and vendors.
  • Amenities: The property should have the required amenities, such as utilities, parking, and security.
  • Lease Duration: The lease term should be long enough to provide stability and protection for the tenant's company.
  • Rent: The rent should be fair and affordable based on the property's location, size, and amenities.
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Types of Commercial Leases

  • Gross Lease

    A gross lease, commonly known as a full-service lease, implies that the lessee settles a fixed amount of rent every month, and the lessor is accountable for settling all the operating expenditures, including insurance, property taxes, and maintenance fees.

  • Percentage Lease

    A percentage lease is a commercial lease where the rent is based on a portion of the tenant's gross sales. This type of lease is generally used for retail areas, such as malls or shopping centers.

  • Ground Lease

    A ground lease is where the lessee rents the land from the owner and is accountable for building the property. The tenant generally pays rent for the land, and the building belongs to the owner at the end of the lease.

  • Short-Term Lease

    A short-term lease is a kind of lease that generally endures for less than one year. This type of lease is ideal for companies that need a temporary place or are unsure about their future.

  • Net Lease

    In a net lease, the lessee is accountable for paying a part of the operating expenditures in addition to the base rent. There are three kinds of net leases: single net lease, double net lease, and triple net lease.

    • Single Net Lease

      In a single net lease, the lessee settles the base rent and a part of the property taxes.

    • Double Net Lease

      In a double net lease, the lessee pays the base rent, a part of the property taxes, and the building insurance.

    • Triple Net Lease

      In a triple net lease, the lessee settles the base rent, a part of the property taxes, building insurance, and service fees.

Commercial Real Estate Leasing Process

The commercial leasing process concerns several steps, including:

  • Property Hunt: Lessees should determine their requirements and choices for size, location, amenities, and budget.
  • Property Tour: Once a lessee has specified potential properties, they should arrange a tour to assess the property's layout, condition, and suitability for their company.
  • Lease Negotiation: After choosing a property, the lessee should negotiate the lease terms with the lessor, including lease duration, rent, security deposit, and other particular provisions.
  • Lease Review: Both parties should examine the lease contract to ensure that all terms and conditions are clearly described and understood.
  • Lease Signing: Once the lease agreement has been completed, both parties should execute and sign the lease document.

Key Terms

  • Square Footage: The size of the commercial area that is being rented, measured in square feet.
  • Renewal Option: An arrangement that allows the lessee to extend the lease contract for a specified term.
  • Security Deposit: A sum paid by the lessee to the landlord at the start of the lease agreement to ensure the lessee's responsibilities are fulfilled.
  • Common Area Maintenance (CAM) Charges: The prices levied by the lessor to cover the cost of maintaining and operating common areas of the commercial property.
  • Term: The length of time the lease contract is in effect.
  • Tenant Improvement Allowance: The amount of funds the lessor provides to the lessee to modify the commercial space.


Commercial real estate leasing is a complicated process that needs careful attention to detail and mediation between landlords and tenants. And from deciding the square footage of the area to be rented, to negotiating rent, tenant advancement allowances, and renewal choices, every element of the lease agreement should be carefully evaluated to ensure a successful leasing experience for both parties.

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