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Negotiate the lease contract

Various types of leases exist. Prior to negotiating terms of a lease, outline thoroughly provisions that would promote your business. Before entering into a binding contract, decide the duration:

A short term lease yields flexibility and more leeway to change your demands after a given period. Though long term leases are less supple, they provide stability. The negotiating process will take seemingly perpetual give-and-take, but settling for wary provisions is foolish. While the list is boundless, beware of the following stipulations:

  • Assignment Clauses;
  • Personal Lease Guarantees;
  • CPI-Based Rent Increases;
  • Permitted Use Clause;
  • Limitation on Improvements; and
  • Relocation Clause

Learn why these stipulations are unfavorable.


Although a lessee analyzes the provisions listed by the owner, he/she may want to insist on additional terms:

  • Exclusion Clauses;
  • Security Terms;
  • Space Boundaries;
  • Etc.

Also, skim through other commercial leasing tips.

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