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What to consider before signing a retail space lease

| Jan 31, 2019 | Commercial Real Estate

If you are looking for a retail space in which to operate your business from, it might feel overwhelming to start to think about negotiating a lease. The terms held within a lease can be very complex, and they may have the potential to affect the workings of your business for years to come.

It is important that you understand all of the terms of the lease before you accept the conditions and sign the contract. You should also make sure that you understand the market by comparing the lease with similar spaces in the area.

Understand what your responsibilities will be

Most commercial leases require that the tenant pays at least some of the costs, whether that involves taking out insurance, making repairs or paying the bills. It is important that you understand the responsibilities that you would have, for example, making structural repairs if the building itself becomes damaged.

Be cautious if you are asked to part with a portion of your profits

Some commercial landlords offer retail spaces at low prices but also demand that they get a portion of profits made in the space. You should make sure to be very cautious about such a setup and consider the implications that it would have if your business was to become very successful.

Don’t forget to negotiate

It’s important that you never simply accept a lease without considering negotiation. By trying to change the terms, you could succeed at getting a much better deal for your Texas business.