What Is Negotiable When Renting Office Space

office shell space negotiationsRenting office space will be one of the largest expenses you have so it’s important that you know what can be negotiated.

You can figure it out on your own however that will take a lot of time away from your business, and market conditions change all the time. What was once negotiable 3-5 years ago may not be now. Trying to figure it out on your own is time consuming. It’s best to just hire a commercial agent to help you find the office & negotiate the lease. Someone whose full time job it is to study and learn the market and negotiate multiple office leases every year. Besides their service doesn’t cost you anything.

To give you an idea what office lease deal points can be negotiated with landlords we have listed a few below.  If you have any questions or would like help renting Austin office space feel free to give us a call.

Things That Are Negotiable When Renting Office Space

  • Lease term
  • Tenant improvement allowance
  • Security deposit
  • Base Rent
  • Yearly Rent Escalations
  • Rent abatement
  • Rent commencement date
  • Use of the space 
  • Operating expense caps
  • Expansion options
  • Renewal options
  • Sublease options
  • Right of first offer on vacant space
  • Right of first refusal on vacant space
  • Landlord construction management fee
  • Space planning allowance
  • End of lease restoration
  • Signage rights
  • Parking spaces
  • Exclusive use rights in the building
  • Personal guarantees
  • Termination options
  • Repairs & maintenance
  • Relocation clauses

These are just a few items that can be negotiated in an office lease. The impact that these have will differ based on the type of business and your current and future business needs. It’s important to understand the impact that each one of the negotiable items above will have on your business NOW and in the future. No matter how great your business is now or how great you think it will be in the future you should always assume worst case scenarios when negotiating office leases.

If you have any questions about what can be negotiated in an office space lease feel free to give us a call to discuss at 512-861-0525

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