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Covid Crunch - The Landlord and Tenant Dance

As the country re-opens and emerges from the covid-social distancing funk, what are tenants doing? Many tenants are badly damaged by the impaired social distancing economy.

“Rent Relief Update -- LEEFF”

Will large landlords including REITS, help their tenants with rent relief? The federal government has unveiled a new financial relief program that is designed for large landlords including Real Estate Income Trust(REITS). It is an interest-bearing loan to large businesses who have been affected by COVID 19.

Reducing Rent or Overpaying – The Choice is Yours!

In today’s day and age, your landlord will not call you and offer to reduce your rent. Here are five key rent-saving opportunities every tenant should know.

Is it Time to Expand or Move Your Business?

A great location can be the cornerstone to your business, but do you know why it is so great? There is a lot of criteria that goes into what constitutes great space and every business will think about it differently. As things have changed quite drastically in recent months, its possible things have changed for your business as well and you are starting to think about how you might embrace it.

Your Landlord Won’t Offer to Reduce Your Rent

Your landlord will not call you and offer to reduce your rent. Here are five key “when and how” rent saving opportunities every tenant should be aware of. Covid – 19

Fridays Rent Relief Package Highlights

On Friday, another rent relief package was announced. This package funds tenants rents through landlords. Under the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CE-CRA) program, federal and provincial governments will cover half of a small business tenants’ rent for April, May and June, while asking landlords to cover one-quarter of the cost. Tenants pay one-quarter of the rent.

Life Cycle of a Tenancy - Part 3: Lease

The life cycle of a tenancy consists of a number of steps, each no less critical than any other. The cycle begins with site selection, and progresses through an offer to lease, to a lease, through periodic lease renewals, often to assignment, and eventually to end. This article about the Lease is the third in a series that will explore the various stages of a tenancy.

Three Tenancy Cost Increases to Watch For

Vague language in your lease agreement increases your risk of unexpected cost increases. Here are three of the more significant ways your tenancy costs may increase without any changes to your lease document or your base rent.

Five Alternatives to a Standard Tenancy Agreement

Taking an alternate approach to tenancy could create access to a market where no suitable space appears to exist

Life Cycle of a Tenancy - Part 2: Offer to Lease

The life cycle of a tenancy consists of a number of steps, each no less critical than any other. The cycle begins with site selection, and progresses through an offer to lease, to a lease, through periodic lease renewals, often to assignment, and eventually to end. This article about the Offer to Lease is the second in a series that will explore the various stages of a tenancy.

Negotiate Your Renewal Like A Pro

Don’t send a dental pro where a lease pro is needed. If you are not confident negotiating key leasing issues you need an advocate!

The Life Cycle of a Tenancy – Part 1: Site Selection

The life cycle of a tenancy consists of a number of steps, each no less critical than any other. The cycle begins with site selection, and progresses through an offer to lease, to a lease, through periodic lease renewals, often to assignment, and eventually to end. This article about Site Selection is the first in a series that will explore the various stages of a tenancy.

Tenant Representation

Several remarkable changes have permanently impacted the tenant’s ability to manage its location. The commercial real estate industry has changed, the tenant community has changed, and tenant representation has changed. A well-informed tenant must recognize and respond to these changes.

Tenancy Management Opportunities

A lease is a static agreement written to describe a dynamic process, inevitably something that seemed like “a good idea at the time” becomes a problem when the point of view shifts. This creates an opportunity. Understanding the realistic power of a leverage position can help you use these opportunities to affect positive change.

The Rent to Production Ratio

There are several rent reduction and production improvement strategies that could be implemented to improve your rent to production ratio, all of which will require actively managing your lease.Thoroughly understood and properly administered, your lease should be treated as a business tool that will add value and help you reach your short and long term goals.

Tenant Advocacy in Office Premises

Most tenants run a specialized operation that has nothing to do with commercial real estate. Having an innovative and objective advocate become a temporary member of your team to strategically negotiate on your behalf is essential. Your advocate should protect your position by minimizing your risk, reducing your operating and occupancy expenses, mitigating your exit restoration exposures, and providing future flexibilities.

Know Your Place

Key profile and access points to consider during Site Selection. These key factors, directly connected to your building and your geographical area, can account for up to 40% of your volume. Your Lease needs to have the correct provisions to ensure you can exercise some control over the Profile and Access of your location.

Out of Options

Many Tenants confess that they have known for a period of years that their Lease Term would not be renewed, but deferred action until the eleventh hour. Many simply don't have the time or the expertise to manage Lease affairs. Make sure you clearly understand how your options to renew work, and how you should administer them.

Do Your Premises Measure Up?

Check your lease for rent overpayment. It's very unlikely your landlord will tell you that you are overpaying rent, but If your premises area is misrepresented in your lease this may very well be the case.

Did I agree to Pay for That? A Primer on Additional Rent.

The market trend in Commercial Leasing is toward “net” leases, which means the tenant agrees to pay the landlord a “base” or “minimal” rent plus additional rent to make up the gross rent. How do you know what you should be paying? How do you verify the amounts? And how do you confirm which costs are relevant? Not all tenants get good value for their Additional Rent dollar, don't let your Reconciliation Statement take you by surprise.

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