Category Archives: Other Lease Terms

Building ServicesOther Lease TermsPre-lease Issues

Can You Hear Me Now? What Tenants Must Know About Office Building Cell Service

We’ve all struggled with poor cell phone service in large buildings, frequently with our face pressed to the window trying to catch a bar.  The service issue typically isn’t with the carrier, but with the obstructions within a building or … Continue reading

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Limiting the Hidden Costs of Office Rent: Operating Expenses & Taxes

A major component (30% or more) of an office tenant’s rent bill is property taxes & operating expenses (“T&O”) which today is on the rise and where tenants have limited control under landlord-favorable leases.  In Chicago, T&O is rising significantly … Continue reading

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Other Lease TermsPre-lease Issues

Added Transparency Needed for Commercial Real Estate Brokerage

The quest for “transparency” is a major driver in our world today so that people can make the best decisions.  We saw it with banking reforms after the recession as well as with all the new disruptive technologies.  In commercial … Continue reading

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Other Lease TermsParking

Bridging the Last Mile – innovative public-private partnership

The trend of companies moving to urban areas in search of younger talent has challenged some suburban based companies, landlords and suburban governments in the Chicago area and across the country.  Earlier this year, I posted a blog examining the … Continue reading

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Other Lease TermsSuperior Interests

The TICking Bomb of Building Ownership

Occasionally, we hear of a tragedy where a bomb explodes in a former war zone.  Likewise, in commercial real estate where most markets have recovered from the recession, there is a time bomb of building ownership that can be disastrous … Continue reading

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Operating Expense & Tax Reconciliation Season: Don’t leave Money on the Table

Now that the holiday season is over, ‘tis the season for Operating Expenses and Tax reconciliation for office tenants.  As most office leases allow the landlord to recapture increases in Operating Expenses and Taxes (which tenants commonly pay on an … Continue reading

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Lease Accounting Change Gets the Go-Ahead

On November 11, 2015, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) decided upon the effective date for the long awaited and much debated new lease accounting standard requiring companies to recognize leases on their balance sheets.  The effective date for public … Continue reading

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What Tenants Need to Know About Estoppel Certificates

Willis Tower sells for $1.3 Billion.  Such eye-popping sales headlines are fairly common today. With low interest rates and rising rental rates, we’re seeing record volume of office building sales in Chicago and many markets nationally.  As part of the … Continue reading

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How Tenants Can Prepare for the Unthinkable

Hurricane Sandy devastates the northeast.  As recently reported on Bloomberg (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-11-09/lower-manhattan-quiet-as-sandy-shuts-one-third-of-offices.html) 33% of the 101 million square feet of lower Manhattan’s office space was inoperable as of November 7th, several days after Sandy’s landfall.  Likewise, immediately after 9-11, areas of … Continue reading

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