Tenant improvement allowances, or TIAs, are a common aspect of commercial leases. They refer to the amount of money that a landlord is willing to contribute towards the cost of renovations or customizations made to a leased property by the tenant. These allowances can play a critical role in determining whether a tenant can afford to take on a lease, and they can also be a point of negotiation between the landlord and tenant.
The first step in determining the amount of a tenant improvement allowance is to establish the scope of the project. This typically involves creating a detailed list of all the renovations or customizations that the tenant would like to make to the property, including the materials and labor required. The list should also include any necessary permits or approvals that will be required for the project.
Once the scope of the project is determined, the next step is to estimate the cost of the project by obtaining quotes from contractors or suppliers for the materials and labor required. The landlord can then decide on an allowance amount they are willing to contribute, which is generally a percentage of the total project cost. The percentage will vary depending on the landlord and the specific circumstances of the lease.
It’s important to note that the tenant improvement allowance is typically applied to the rent. This means that the tenant will pay a higher rent to the landlord to compensate for the allowance. Tenants should carefully consider the total cost of the lease, rent plus allowance, when deciding about whether to take on a lease.
From the landlord’s perspective, offering a tenant improvement allowance can be a way to attract and retain tenants in a commercial space. It can also be used to incentivize tenants to improve or upgrade a space in a way that benefits the overall property. A tenant improvement allowance can also benefit a tenant as it can reduce the costs associated with outfitting a space to meet their specific needs. Additionally, the tenant may be able to negotiate a higher allowance from the landlord if the tenant improvements benefit the property overall.
Tenant improvement allowances can play a key role in commercial lease negotiations and greatly benefit both tenants and landlords. When discussing tenant improvements, it’s crucial to have a defined goal and a well-thought-out strategy. At Kelley Commercial, our experienced professionals are ready to assist you in creating a clear plan and provide the guidance you need to confidently negotiate the best possible outcome as a tenant or landlord. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you make an informed decision.
When interest rates rise, it can potentially make borrowing more expensive for commercial real estate investors. This may lead some investors to shift their focus to properties that have stable, long-term cash flow, as these properties may be able to generate enough income to offset the higher borrowing costs. However, rising interest rates can also create opportunities for certain types of investments.
One potential opportunity for commercial real estate investors when interest rates rise is to focus on investments that are relatively insensitive to changes in borrowing costs. For example, properties with long-term leases or properties that have stable, predictable cash flows may be less affected by rising interest rates.
Another option for commercial real estate investors is to invest in properties with strong demand, such as properties in high-growth areas or properties that are leased to creditworthy tenants. These properties may be able to command higher rents, which can help to offset the higher borrowing costs associated with rising interest rates.
Investors might also consider exploring alternative financing options, such as private lending or crowdfunding, which may offer more favorable terms than traditional bank financing.
Finally, commercial real estate investors might negotiate interest rate swaps or caps with their lenders, which can help to mitigate the impact of rising rates on their investment portfolio.
For nearly 40 years, Kelley Commercial Partners has helped provide clients with a competitive advantage. We have the knowledge and experience to help clients navigate through the ever-changing market. Whether you are new to the commercial real estate market or an experienced investor, we are here to help you meet your real estate goals. Contact us today.
Are you a tenant? A landlord thinking about selling? Or an investor looking to buy a leased property? If you have answered “yes” to any of these questions, it is important that you understand what a tenant estoppel certificate is and the benefits and protections it offers.
What is a tenant estoppel certificate?
A tenant estoppel certificate is a legally binding document signed by a tenant verifying the current status and terms of a lease and specifying any modifications to the original agreement, defaults by the landlord, or other issues relating to the lease. Typically, an estoppel certificate is requested by the landlord as part of the due diligence process before closing on the sale of a property. This statement of facts regarding the lease and the premises estops either party from making a claim that contradicts those facts post transaction.
If you lease, own, or want to purchase a tenant-occupied property, it’s important to understand how a Tenant Estoppel Certificate can protect you.
Most commercial real estate lease agreements include a provision requiring a tenant to complete an estoppel certificate within a specified amount of time after receiving the Landlord’s request. However, only a landlord wishing to sell or refinance the property would request the estoppel. If a lease does not have a provision requiring a tenant to complete an estoppel certificate, it is in the best interest of the tenant to carefully review and complete the estoppel certificate to verify all pertinent lease information.
Why sign a tenant estoppel certificate?
From the tenant’s perspective, an estoppel certificate informs and certifies to the purchaser of the property (i.e., the new landlord under the lease) and, in the event of financing, the lender of any existing issues they will need to address after closing. For lenders and purchasers, the estoppel certificate verifies information presented by the landlord regarding the tenant, the premises, and certain material terms of the lease, which helps prevent any costly surprises after closing.
As a full-service commercial real estate firm, Kelley Commercial Partners provides landlord and tenant representation. And no matter which side we represent, we are committed to successfully guiding you through the process from the beginning through closing. For all your commercial real estate needs, let us be your partner to success.