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Commercial real estate is almost always leased based on the square foot. When determining the amount of square feet to be included in the lease calculations, most landlords use what is known as the “rentable area” or “gross leasable area,” which, depending on whether the real estate use is office, retail or industrial, usually includes more square footage than the tenant actually occupies. The method used to determine the square feet directly affects the amount of rent to be paid, and is therefore of paramount importance when entering into a lease. Establishing and understanding the standard for measuring rentable space is a foundation needed when negotiating commercial real estate leases. This article briefly describes the methods used to measure the rentable area for office, retail and industrial leases and suggests sample lease language for both landlords and tenants.
By James O’Brien
Part One of a Two-Part Article
This article outlines the basic elements of an SNDA and will explain the differences between the concepts of “non-disturbance” and “recognition,” while contending that lease recognition is more important to the tenant than not having its possession disturbed.
By Joseph I. Farca
Collecting the Legal Fees It Cost You to Collect Legal Fees
Does your New York commercial lease form expressly provide that the landlord may recover the legal fees it incurs to recover legal fees from its tenant? If not, then the landlord may be out of luck trying to recover such “fees on fees,” as they are known. But it wasn’t always this way.
By Daniel J. Ansell
NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation modifying existing rent laws and enacting significant landlord-tenant reforms. To date, the real estate industry has focused primarily on the sweeping impact the new laws will have on residential tenancies and the deregulation of rent-stabilized apartments. The reforms, however, also dramatically impact commercial tenancies by altering non-residential summary proceedings and significantly hampering the ability of commercial landlords to respond effectively and quickly to tenant defaults.
Despite State Law, Merger Extinguishes Renewal Rights of Successor in Interest
Court May Rely on Parole Evidence to Show Illegal Purpose of Sublease