Negotiate clauses into your Tucson commercial lease agreement that allow you some flexibility to make your Tucson office, retail or industrial space fit your needs.
Most standard leases say the tenant can’t make any alterations or improvements to the premises without the landlord’s consent. Those provisions typically are too restrictive. You should attempt to negotiate changes to your own Tucson commercial lease agreement.
For example, try to eliminate the need for landlord approval to make non-structural changes or changes costing less than $2,500.
Before you can occupy the space, the premises may need some improvements or alterations to make it work for your business needs. Here are some key questions to ask when considering initial tenant improvements and alterations:
- What is the scope of the desired changes?
- What is the cost?
- How much time is needed to complete the improvements?
- What permits or approvals will be necessary?
- Will the landlord contribute to the payment for the improvements?
- Who will own the improvements once the lease is terminated?
Negotiate These into Your Commercial Lease Agreement
Propose a clause that says you are allowed to remove any trade fixtures and alterations that you pay for during your lease, provided that you repair any damages to the premises.
If you think you’ll need to make changes or improvements during your lease term, make sure the commercial lease agreement provides that you may make them with the landlord’s consent. Include that the landlord’s consent won’t be unreasonably withheld or delayed.
Also, beware of a clause that states that at the end of the lease you have to return the premises in its original condition. Instead, try to get a clause that states that the premises you lease will be returned to the landlord in the same condition as at the beginning of the tenancy, excluding
- ordinary wear and tear
- damage by fire and unavoidable casualty not the fault of the tenant
- alterations previously approved by the landlord.