[fa icon="calendar"] 03.05.2019 / by Demetree Real Estate Services
Leasing commercial property for your business is often costly and it is one of the biggest expenses a growing company can incur. However, by negotiating the best office space for lease, you can save a substantial amount of cash to allocate for other business expenses; like launching a marketing campaign or hiring a few more employees.
Here are 5 important factors to consider when negotiating the best office lease for your startup.
1. Lease Contract
Read the lease contract in full with a business lawyer, so that he can inform and advise you of any clauses that are questionable or are not in the best interest of your business. Discuss with the landlord or management company any questions or issues regarding the contract.
2. Lease Period
Many commercial real estate owners or commercial leasing companies are willing to negotiate on the terms of the lease before signing. Nevertheless, if your company's needs change, you may find yourself locked into a lease that is no longer appropriate. Try to negotiate a shorter-term lease with the option to renew for a longer term once the initial lease ends. Take note that the landlords enjoy financial benefits when they renew contracts with existing tenants. You may incur additional expenses for repairs when a tenant vacate the place, so take this opportunity for a successful negotiation.
3. Lease Cost and Increase
Review the cost of the commercial office space for lease, and find out whether it is on per square foot basis or the total cost for the property. If the cost is on a per square foot basis- that means the overall calculation of the total office space includes common areas such as public corridors, elevators, stairways, lobbies, restrooms, meeting rooms, etc. Inspect the property to see if it has common areas you can't use, and ask that the landlord to deduct it from the cost calculation. Look over the lease agreement for any clause concerning rent increase over the course of the lease, you can ask the landlord to add a clause to prevent unexpected increases.
4. Lease improvement
Your new office space may need some improvements or changes. Be aware that some leases don’t allow changes to the property, while other leases require landlord’s permission prior to remodeling or improvement. Find out beforehand what you are permitted to make. Ask for a supplementary clause specifying what is required to make changes if tenant improvements are not explicitly mentioned in the contract. Also, be aware of a clause that states, “The premises must be restored to its original condition at the end of the lease”.
5. Commercial Space Broker
You might want to hire a commercial real estate broker to assist you in leasing commercial property. If a potential landlord isn’t easy to deal with and makes unreasonable requests during the lease process, a good broker can represent your company’s best interests. They will work with you and your lawyer throughout the lease negotiation. A broker can help provide a team that will work on behalf of your company should you need contractors, engineers, architects, furniture and equipment vendors, etc. for setting up your startup office space.
Your ability to negotiate the best office lease for your startup depends on how much leverage you have. Do your homework -- find out if the commercial office space for rent has been unoccupied for a long time or other companies are considering the same office space. Things like these can make the difference between you taking control throughout the lease negotiations or a landlord insisting his/her own terms.
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