Understanding Subordination Non-Disturbance and Attornment Agreements

Commercial tenants may be perplexed when months or years after signing their leases they are asked to sign a Subordination Non-Disturbance and Attornment Agreement (SNDA). The landlord may tell tenants simply that they “need the SNDA for the mortgage lender.” Tenants may not have a choice but to sign the SNDA. A clause in their

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What to Look for in a Tenant Buildout

When leasing commercial real estate, tenants need to budget for the buildout. A buildout includes adding walls, doors, outlets, cabinets, and anything else that constructed in the rental space. In office leases, the lease usually requires that the landlord pay the cost of the tenant’s buildout. How Leases Describe Buildout Obligations No matter what the

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If You Think You Know How Your Office Lease Square Footage is Calculated, Guess Again!

You might think you can easily verify the square footage in your office lease.  After all, it is easy to calculate the square footage of the living room in your new home to plan for furniture placement. You use a tape measure to measure from wall to wall in both directions. Then, as you learned

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Understanding Commercial Lease Types

Commercial leases are not one-size-fits all. The type of commercial lease will vary depending upon the asset class and building class and the landlord’s and tenant’s needs.

Negotiating Common Area Maintenance Charges in Commercial Leases

When signing a commercial lease, tenants may look at only the base rent amount. They are surprised when common area maintenance (CAM) charges result in a monthly rent bill that is higher than expected. Tenants may receive an additional surprise at the end of the year when they receive a bill for a CAM shortfall.

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