Don’t Fear the Loss Factor

Few terms make brokers and tenants in New York City squirm these days like “loss factor.” Loss factor is essentially the amount of communal space for which a tenant pays, but which is not included in the actual size of the office. Examples of common areas that contribute to loss factor can include the building’s lobby, janitor closets and elevator shafts. Loss factor made headlines recently when a news story reported on a small office tenant who sued his landlord for nearly $300,000 due to damages incurred by the owner’s apparent miscalculation of rentable square footage (RSF). The story illustrated why loss factor is an important term to understand before signing a lease. Brokers Know Areas with Low Loss Factor The… Continue reading

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nights and weekends

When the work piles up and deadlines run tight, sometimes it’s hard to squeeze it all in between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm. And let’s not discount the impending power of the pesky emergency. Clients make last-minute demands. Assistants get sick. Packages get delayed. Stuff happens. And when it does, the last thing you need is the added worry of being locked out of your commercial office space. Commercial Office Lease Provides the Details Landlords who rent commercial office space in New York City know that many companies have staff working after hours who need 24/7 access to their offices.  This is why most New York landlords include language a commercial office lease that gives a tenant entry to office… Continue reading

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Six Ways A Commercial Real Estate Broker Saves You Money

Virtually every business in Manhattan – and everyone who wants to start a business in New York City – will venture into the commercial real estate market at some point. They make be looking to rent office space, loft space, retail space or showroom space. It is not a journey to take alone. The New York City real estate market boasts some of the savviest landlords, property managers and leasing agents in the world, so it’s important to have the expertise of a commercial real estate broker on your side. An Experienced Realtor Can Help While you may be a smart business owner and veteran entrepreneur, you are likely a neophyte when it comes to finding and negotiating for commercial… Continue reading

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Utility & Miscellaneous Monthly Charges

Got the rent covered? Excellent. Now factor in the additional expenses for which you may be responsible if you lease Manhattan office space. Above and beyond the base rent, Manhattan commercial tenants are expected to shoulder the cost of electricity as well as a few other utility charges and operating expenses. Here’s the basic breakdown: Heat & Electricity for Manhattan Commercial Tenants The good news is that the cost of heat is always included in the base rent if you are a Manhattan commercial tenant. Electricity, on the other hand, is always billed separately. You’ll get hit with the bill in one of three ways: 1-     Directly from Con Edison (direct meter) 2-     From the landlord who monitors… Continue reading

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Who Build Outs the Space, You or the Landlord?

Often the existing layout of an office, loft, showroom or medical space needs to be modified in order to suit a potential tenant. “Building out” a space allows it to be customized to best meet a firm’s needs, and often involves building sheet rock walls, modifying electrical distribution, adding floor treatment, installing HVAC or lighting fixtures, and painting. When tenants evaluate a space, they should be sure to learn whether the landlord is agreeable to build-out in NYC. Many commercial landlords will agree to build-out in NYC for a credit-worthy tenant. Assuming the tenant signs a lease term of at least five years (so the landlord has sufficient time to amortize the cost of construction), the landlord will often modify… Continue reading

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