Monday, April 23, 2012

Leasing Office Space

Rental Rate Options

Rental rate options include: gross, gross plus expense escalation, modified gross, and triple net. A gross lease simply has a rental rate and no allowance or adjustments for expenses. Gross plus escalations includes a base level of rent and expenses in excess of a defined level. The defined level is often the expenses for the year the lease is signed. In a modified gross lease, the tenant pays rent and some of the expenses directly related to his space. These often include utilities and janitorial. This type of lease can also provide for expense escalations. In a triple net lease (NNN), the tenant pays rent and all operating expenses. Operating expenses include insurance, taxes, maintenance, repairs, utilities, janitorial, etc. In general, a gross lease favors the tenant by providing a fixed level of total payments.

Amenities

Following is a list of amenities available at many office buildings: Open parking Covered parking Garage parking A/C access Atrium Banking / ATM Cardkey access Computer facility Conference room FedEx drop Food Service Handicap Facility Health club Office supply Postal service Print shop Secretarial service Security Sprinkler Sundry shop Travel agency Tunnel access

Evaluate Amenities Important to You

Initially, determine which amenities are essential. Adding a large number of amenities to your criteria may eliminate too many office space options. It might be nice to have a print shop in the building, but it would probably be even nicer to have a rental rate of per square foot versus per square foot.

The Market Research and Consulting division of O'Connor & Associates provides information necessary to make decision to commercial real estate professionals. Occupancy and Rental Data, ownership and management information are routinely gathered for four major land uses multifamily, office, retail and industrial. This information allows investors to compare competitive properties, facilitate business decisions and track market and submarket performance. In addition the data is useful to brokers who for example continually monitor Houston retail space leasing, Houston office space leasing, Houston industrial space leasing, Houston apartments, Dallas apartments, Ft. Worth apartments, Austin apartments, and San Antonio apartments.

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