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The owner of a local business wants to lease commercial property to use as a retail storefront or for office purposes. When she finds her ideal space, the landlord suggests an initial 10-year term. The potential tenant envisions staying in the space longer than that, so she wants to negotiate for the option to renew the lease at its termination. However, the landlord is reluctant to agree on a fixed amount of rent for the renewal term, as market conditions will undoubtedly change over the course of a 10-year period. So, how will the parties agree on the future rental amount?
By Mark Morfopoulos
Restricting a tenant’s right to transfer the property it is leasing to a third party is a key component to any lease. Many lenders require landlords to obtain lender consent before the transfer is effective. Failure to obtain such consent could lead to a landlord’s default under the terms and conditions of the loan documents, so it is imperative for a landlord to review its loan documents each time it receives a request from a tenant to transfer its interest under the lease.
By Natalie Dolce
Welcome to the evolving world of retail — a world that is geared toward changing the way people engage in retail and retail destinations feature a blend of entertainment, experiences and services.
By Jonathan B. King
The growing interest in alternative fuel sources may be a boon for property owners seeking new ways to generate profits and savings. But care should be taken when a roof is the proposed site of a solar-panel installation, whether managed by a property owner or by a lessee.
Option to Buy Is Exercised, and ‘Tenant’ Is No Longer a Tenant