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Leasing Tips From Denver Commercial Real Estate Experts


January 11, 2017

Are you planning on leasing out a Denver commercial real estate property for the first time? If so, it’s imperative that you are working with a well-crafted lease to prevent future issues with the tenant and protect your investment. Before you have a tenant sign on the dotted line, make sure your lease contains all of these important elements:

The basics

Of course, every lease needs to include information on the duration of the lease, monthly rental rates, any other fees the tenant is responsible for, and how to terminate the lease. This is standard for both commercial and residential leases because without it, both parties would have no idea what the terms of the agreement are. Learn more about commercial lease basics.

Space clarification

If you are renting out a commercial space within a larger building, you will need to clarify exactly what space is being rented out to the tenant within the lease. For example, if there is a common area with bathrooms, a kitchen, and an elevator, is this being leased out to the tenant? Or is this an area they have to share with other businesses in the building? This needs to be spelled out very clearly so both parties are on the same page as to what is legally theirs for the duration of the lease.

Modifications

It’s fairly common for a commercial real estate tenant to require modifications in order to make the space work for their business. If this is the case with your tenant, you will need to specify who is responsible for making the modifications, what is and is not allowed, and who will legally own the modifications once the lease is terminated.

Rent increases

Commercial real estate investors often tell their tenants that rent will be increased after a certain time period, so if this is part of your plan, make sure you go into great detail within the lease. This will prevent future issues with your tenant who may claim he or she was unclear the rent was being raised.

Signage

Because commercial tenants are doing business instead of using the space as a home, you will need to address whether they are allowed to put up signage to advertise their business. This is especially important if the property is located fairly far back from the road, or is difficult to see when driving by. In these cases, it would greatly benefit the tenant—and make your property more attractive—if signage was permitted.

Repairs

Businesses suffer when something on the property is broken, especially if it’s the HVAC system used to make customers more comfortable. Because of this, it’s important to outline who is responsible for repairs, and how quickly they will need to be made after the issue is discovered.

Do you need help finding tenants for your commercial property? Contact Denver commercial real estate experts at The Sherman Agency to learn about the various services we offer! Call 303-572-8778 to speak to a member of our team today!